61 Killed In Plane Crash In Russia

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • March 18, 2016, 10:38 PM


A Boeing 737 passenger jet has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don with 55 passengers and six crew members on board, officials say.


FlyDubai Boeing, coming from Dubai, missed the runway as it attempted to land at 03:50 local time (00:50 GMT) on Saturday. The plane was making its second attempt to land.


It is not clear what caused the plane crash but poor visibility and high winds are being considered as a factor.


Most of the passengers on board were Russian, the regional governor said on television.


“Three foreigners were on the passenger list of the plane, but that information needs checking,” an Emergency Ministry Viktor Yanutsenko official said.


Other flights have been diverted away from the airport.


About 100 rescue workers are at the site of the crash and the fire has been extinguished, media reports say.


"We are putting our emergency response in place and we will be working closely with all the authorities involved. We will provide updated information on a regular basis," Emirates-based flydubai said in a statement on its Facebook page.


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