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Dubai Airliner Crashes in Southwestern Russia, Killing All 62 Onboard
   2016-03-19 09:50:17    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

This handout picture taken and released on March 19, 2016 by Russia's Emergency Ministry shows fire-engines at the airfield near the airplane crash site in Rostov-on-Don airport. [Photo: CFP] 

A Boeing 737 from Dubai crashed at Rostov-on-Don airport in southwestern Russia early Saturday morning, killing all 62 people on board.

The plane had 55 passengers and 7 crew members. Reports say four children are among the dead.

Authorities in Dubai say the passengers included 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians, 2 Indians, and one person from Uzbekistan.

Flydubai, or the Dubai Aviation Corporation, is the city's first low-cost airline. Ghaith Al-Ghaith is the company's CEO.

"It is with deep sadness that our flight from Dubai to Rostov in Russia has crashed on landing and this morning our thoughts and prayers are with those on board and their loved ones and families. We are doing everything that we can to help those who have been affected."

One of the two flight recorders has been found at the crash site, and the search for the second one is ongoing.

So far it's still not clear what caused the crash but poor visibility and high winds are being considered as factors.

Russia's emergencies ministry says the plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport.

Emergencies ministry head Vladimir Puchkov says a team has been dispatched to the crash site.

"We continue to carry out a search and rescue operation. I point out once again a complex search and rescue operation is underway at the emergency site. All the specialists are working; there is strict control and well-organized work on all the objectives."

Boeing, the crashed plane's manufacturer, has responded to the accident. Spokesman Doug Alder says the company is aware of the crash and a Boeing team is currently gathering more details.

In the wake of the crash, the Rostov-on-Don airport has been closed. Other flights have been diverted to other airports.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have sent condolences to their Russian counterparts over the tragedy. 

Related: FlyDubai CEO Offers Condolences to Russia Crash Victims

               Chinese Premier Sends Condolences to Russian Counterpart over Plane Crash

               Chinese FM Sends Condolences to Russian Counterpart over Air Crash


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