MOSCOW: All 61 people on board a flight from Dubai were killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, a local official said.
“A Boeing 737 crashed as it was coming into land. There were 61 people on board. They are all dead,” said a spokesman from the local ministry, quoted by the official TASS news agency.
There were 55 passengers and six crew members on the plane, the official added.
Flydubai Flight 981 had traveled from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don with 55 passengers aboard, the emergency center said, according to Tass and CNN.
The accident happened at 0050 GMT, according to an official statement from the ministry.
“The Boeing 737 on the Dubai to Rostov-on-Don route caught fire (after crashing),” said the statement, adding that the fire was brought under control by 0200 GMT.
The airline said on its Facebook page: “We are aware of an incident involving our flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov On Don. We are investigating further details and will publish an update once more information is available.”
Courtesy : Dawn News