More than 55 people have reportedly died following a plane crash in southern Russia. Local emergency services are reporting that all 55 people on board the FlyDubai plane have perished after the Boeing 737-800 went down close to the southern city of Rostov-on-Don near the Ukraine border.
Russian news station RT says flight FZ981 crashed as it attempted to land at the city’s airport as it came into land from the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The aircraft was undergoing a second approach to the runway when it crashed.
“According to preliminary data, the Boeing 738 crashed in poor visibility conditions, some 50-100 meters left of the runway,” a source is reported to have told Russian news agency Interfax. RT published dramatic CCTV imagery of an explosion which appears to have happened close to a main road.
“During the landing approach a Boeing-737 crashed. It had 55 passengers on board. All of them died,” a regional spokesman told new agency TASS. In a statement, the airline said: “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.”
The aircraft was operated by FlyDubai, a low-cost airline based in the UAE which is a major force in aviation in the Middle East. Rostov-on-Don airport remains closed as emergency services tackle the blaze.