Saturday, March 19, 2016 4:38 am
Russia has recorded another aviation tragedy, with the crash of a Boeing 738 passenger jet.
The plane crashed as it was landing at the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia, CNN reported on Saturday, citing Russia’s Southern Regional Emergency Center.
All people on board have died, CNN reported, citing Russian state news agency Tass. Tass cited an official at the emergency centre.
Flydubai Flight 981 had travelled from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don with 55 people aboard, the emergency centre said, according to Tass and CNN.
There were 61 people on board.
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency said the Boeing 737 crashed to the left of the runway during bad weather.
“[The plane] was coming from Dubai [and] crashed as it came into land at the airport in Rostov-on-Don,” spokeswoman Marina Kostioukova said
FlyDubai said it was aware of an incident involving its flight FZ981, which was travelling to Rostov-on-Don from Dubai.
On 31 October, a Russian airliner, with 224 passengers and crew, crashed into a mountainous area in the restive Sinai, Egypt. The plane carrying tourists back to Russia exploded in the air while taking off. Investigation later showed it was bombed.