flydubai plane crash in Russia kills 62
A passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport early Saturday (March 19) morning, killing the 55 passengers and seven crew members aboard the plane.
The officials of the budget carrier FlyDubai, which operated the Boeing 737-800, confirmed reports that there were no survivors and said there were four children travelling in the plane.
“flydubai is deeply sorry to confirm the following information in relation to the tragic accident involving flight FZ981 which was flying from Dubai International (DXB) to Rostov on Don (ROV). While we are still awaiting final confirmation, it is with great sadness that we report we believe there are no survivors. We are unable to provide more specific details at this moment but we will provide updates as soon as we possibly can,” the airliner said.
The officials said they were in the process of verifying the passenger list however preliminary numbers indicate 55 passengers and 7 crew on board on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The aircraft had departed Dubai International (DXB) at 18.20GMT on Friday 18 March and was due to arrive that evening at 22.40GMT.
Speaking about the incident, 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.”