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FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia

(Last Updated On: March 19, 2016)


A passenger jet circled a southern Russian airport in high winds and poor visibility before making a second, fatal attempt at landing Saturday, killing all 62 people aboard.

The FlyDubai Boeing 737 jet crashed at the Rostov-on-Don airport after traveling from Dubai.

Reports say the plane abandoned its initial attempt to land and circled for two hours before crashing at the second attempt.

All those on board Flight FZ981 have died, Russian state news agency Tass reported.

Most of the passengers on board flight FZ981 were Russian, the regional governer said.

Another official said three foreigners were on the passenger list, but this has not been confirmed yet.

It came down about 250m (800ft) short of the start of the runway in Rostov, some 950km (600 miles) south of Moscow.

In a statement on FlyDubai Facebook page, the airliner confirmed the “tragic accident” and said an emergency response has been put in place.

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