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Three suicide bombers set off blasts in Russia

Three suicide bombers have blown themselves up near a police department in the southern Stavropol region of Russia, according to a report from Russian news agency Sputnik.

Stavropol police confirmed the attack to Russian media and said that no one aside from the attackers was hurt.

Three suicide bombers allegedly detonated themselves near the police station in the Novoselitsk District of the Stavropol region.

The terrorists died, and around five explosions were heard.

– Law enforcement source speaking to Ria Novosti

It was not clear who carried out the attack, though Russia has struggled with an Islamist insurgency on its southern borders.


Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Russia's Commander Islands

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A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit near the Commander Islands, also known as Komandorskiye, off the coast of Russia according to the US geological survey.

The quake struck at a depth of 18.4 miles, 140 miles west-southwest off Komandorskiye.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center there is "no danger of a Pacific-wide tsunami" following the quake.

Investigators comb through rubble at Russian crash site

Investigators have started combing through the wreckage of a passenger jet which crashed in Russia, killing all 62 people on board.

62 people were killed in the crash Credit: APTN

Braving freezing temperatures and heavy snow, experts need to find the plane's black box to establish the cause of the crash.

Fifty-five passengers and seven crew members were on the Boeing 737-800, which crashed as it made a second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia. Four of the passengers were children.

The jet's wing reportedly clipped the ground and burst into flames

The crash happened at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia Credit: APTN
Investigations have now started into the cause of the crash Credit: APTN

CCTV 'shows Russia plane crash' which killed 62

CCTV has emerged which reportedly shows the moment a passenger jet crashed as it came in to land, killing all 62 on board.

Fifty-five passengers and seven crew members were on the Boeing 737-800, which crashed as it made a second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia.

According to investigators, the jet's wing clipped the ground and burst into flames.

The CCTV footage, broadcast by TV channel Russia 24, shows a bright light - reportedly the plane - plummet to the ground, before an explosion lights up the screen.

55 passengers, including four children, killed in plane crash

Airline flydubai has confirmed all 55 passengers and seven crew members on board a jet which crashed at an airport in southern Russia were killed.

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Flight FZ981 crashed on its second landing attempt at Rostov-on-Don airport, when its wing hit the ground and burst into flames.

In a statement, flydubai said 33 women, 18 men and four children were travelling on the Boeing 737-800 at the time.

Most of the passengers were Russia, along with eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one Uzbekistani.

"We are currently contacting relatives of the passengers and crew who were on board and we are offering any help we can to those affected," the company said.

A video statement from company chief executive Ghaith Al Ghaith was posted to Facebook.


Plane crash investigators look at pilot error or technical failure

Pilot error or technical failure are the "most likely" causes of a plane crash in Russia which killed 62 people, investigators have said.

Investigators are on the scene at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia Credit: Reuters

Interfax news agency cited Oksana Kovrizhnaya, from the Investigative Committee of Russia, as saying: "At present, we are looking into two main theories for the plane crash in Rostov-on-Don: pilot error in connection with deteriorating weather conditions or a technical error."

The Boeing 737-800 Flydubai operated jet crashed in the early hours of the morning as it was coming in to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia.

It was carrying 55 passengers and seven crew members at the time, all of whom are believed to have died in the crash.

Airline believes 'there are no survivors' from Russia crash

Operative service teams are still at the airport of Rostov-On-Don trying to establish what happened Credit: REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov

Airline flydubai has confirmed that it believes "there are no survivors" after one of their planes crashed while landing at Russia's Rostov-on-Don airport.

Posting on Facebook the flight operator said: "While we are still awaiting final confirmation, it is with great sadness that we report we believe there are no survivors.

"We are unable to provide more specific details at this moment"

Russia plane crash: Investigators say 'all on board died'

Investigators have said that all those on board a Flydubai plane that crashed while landing at Russia's Rostov-on-Don airport have died.

According to a statement released by the Investigative Committee of Russia all 62 people on the plane were killed when the aircraft hit the ground - including 55 passengers and seven crew members. Previous reports had suggested there were only six crew on board but this figure has since been revised.

The committee said: "The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces.

According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died."

Flydubai confirm crashed plane was operated by them

Pictures have started to emerge of the scene after a passenger plane crashed during landing in Russia Credit: Russian emergency situations ministry

Airline Flydubai have officially confirmed that a plane that crashed during landing at a Russian airport in the early hours of this morning was operated by them.

In an official statement the airline said its "thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were onboard" as it confirmed that there had been fatalities as a result of the accident.

Flydubai regrets to confirm that flight FZ981 crashed on landing and that fatalities have been confirmed as a result of this tragic accident. The aircraft departed from Dubai International (DXB) at 18:20 GMT bound for Rostov on Don (ROV). The accident occurred in Rostov on Don at approximately 00:50 GMT.

We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible. At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.

We will do everything we can to help those who have been affected by this accident.

We are putting our emergency response in place and we will be working closely with all the authorities involved. We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.

– Flydubai
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