FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia, killing 62
A FlyDubai plane carrying 62 people crashed while making second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport on Saturday, killing all on board. According to Russia's emergencies ministry said the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, crashed at 03:50 (0030 GMT). Most of those aboard were Russian.
The Investigative Committee of Russia statment said"The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces... according to preliminary data. The Dubai Media Office said 44 of the passengers were Russian, eight were Ukrainian, two were Indian and one was from Uzbekistan.
According to reports, the plane's wing hit the ground on its second landing attempt and burst into flames, the Rostov region emergency ministry said in a statement. The region's governor, Vasily Golubev, said bad weather - strong, gusting wind in the Rostov area - was the primary line of investigation for the crash. However, its early days to pin-point the real reason but pilot error is also not being ruled out.
Rostov's emergency ministry representative said that "We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible. At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft," Flydubai said in a statement.
Six of the crew were non-Russians, Russian emergency ministry said in a statement on it website, but it did not reveal the citizenship of the crew or passengers aboard.
Governor Golubev said on state television that there were seven children aboard.
In a statement, FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith, said, "We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the passengers and crew.
"Everyone at flydubai is in deep shock and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those involved. We don't yet know all the details of the accident but we are working closely with the authorities to establish the cause. We are making every effort to care for those affected and will provide assistance to the loved ones of those on board."
Source: Rueters, Al Jazeera