61 killed as Dubai airliner crashes in Russia

Published: Saturday 19th March 2016 by The News Editor

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An airliner flying from Dubai has crashed while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing all 61 people on board, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.

At a televised briefing headed by emergencies minister Vladimir Puchkov, a ministry official told him that all 55 passengers and six crew members had been killed.

The plane was a Boeing 737-800 flying for the budget carrier FlyDubai.

“We are aware of an incident involving our flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don. We are investigating the details and we will publish an update once more information is available,” the Dubai-based carrier said.

Russian state news agency Tass reported that the Investigative Committee, the country’s top investigative agency, said preliminary information indicates the plane was landing when it hit the ground and broke into pieces at the airport about 600 miles south of Moscow.

There was no immediate information on the cause, although some news reports suggested weather could have been a factor. Tass said weather data from the area indicated that winds were 30-50mph at the time of the crash and there was light rain.

Published: Saturday 19th March 2016 by The News Editor

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