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2 Indians among 62 killed in Russian plane crash

Two Indians were among the 62 people killed on board a flydubai Boeing 737, when the plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, Dubai Media Office reported.

 

Wreckage of the crashed Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, is seen at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, in this handout image released by the Russian Emergencies Ministry on March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
Wreckage of the crashed Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, is seen at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, in this handout image released by the Russian Emergencies Ministry on March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

The plane was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed and leaving debris scattered across a wide area.

“flydubai regrets to confirm that flight FZ981 crashed on landing and that fatalities have been confirmed as a result of this tragic accident,” the airline said on its Facebook page.

The Boeing 737, heading from Dubai to the southern Russian city, was reportedly making its second attempt to land at 0050 GMT when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area.

“My whole house shook. I looked out into the yard and the sky was all red — it was a shade of red that I have never seen,” eyewitness Yana, who lives near the airport, said.

Russia`s Investigative Committee confirmed that all 55 passengers and seven crew members on board were killed and launched a probe into whether technical problems, pilot error or poor weather were behind the crash.

 

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