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Flydubai Boeing 737 crashes in Southern Russia few meters of the runway killing 62 people on board

Flydubai Boeing 737 crashes in Southern Russia few meters of the runway killing 62 people on board

19-03-2016

Two hours later, after second landing attempt a passenger plane from Arab Emirates crashes meters outside of the landing strip at the Rostov-on-Don airport, Russia, killing all 62 passengers and crew members on board. The Boeing 737 flydubai left Dubai and was suppose to land in Russia at 6.20 am local time, said the minister of Emergency Situation of Russian Federation Vladimir Puchkov, who arrived shortly after the accident and took the investigation process under his supervision. 

The weather condition at time when plane was scheduled to land was very bad. Local meteorologists reported wind speed at almost 100 km/h and many flights were routed to nearby airports. Right away, the terrorism as a possible cause or tragedy was ruled out by local authorities leaving them with 3 major possibilities such as technical failure, severe weather condition and a human factor. Committee spokeswoman Oxana Kovrizhnaya said that the investigation might up to 2 months and Russia law suggests but if necessary this process will be prolonged.

Investigators from United Arab Emirates along with Boeing representatives will join investigation led by Russian MAK colleagues. At this moment it's known that pilot was circling around the airport hoping for the weather to clear before he made, as it turned out, the fatal decision to land the plane. On a footage, captured by surveillance cameras outside of the airport it looks like the plane fit the ground at a very high speed. Small fragments found all over the crash site also suggest the high impact speed. 

At this time the "main phase" of the initial searching has been complied said Puchkov. The passengers and crew members remains have been discovered as well as "black boxes". The airport will be closed for the rest of the week and all incoming and outgoing flights will be redirected to the city of Krasnodar.

Flydibai has confirmed that 44 passengers were citizens of Russian Federation, 4 Ukrainians, 2 Indians and 2 Uzbek.