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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

Dozens feared dead following plane crash in Russia

A plane has reportedly crashed at Rostov-On-Don airport in the early hours Credit: Google Maps

Dozens of people are feared dead after a passenger plane crashed during landing in Russia today.

According to Reuters the Boeing 737-800, believed to be a Flydubai operated jet, crashed at 3.50 am local time at Rostov On Don airport with 55 passengers and six crew members on board.

Most of the passengers on board were Russian, the regional governor said during a televised statement, but reports that "three foreigners" were on the passenger list were still being investigated.


Flydubai 'aware of incident' involving plane in Russia

Flydubai have said they are "aware of an incident" involving one of their flights which was due to land in Russia today.

The airline posted on Facebook that they were investigating news of an incident involving flight number FZ981 which was travelling from Dubai to Rostov On Don.

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It came after reports in Russian media that a Flydubai plane had crashed during landing in the southern Russian city.

Russia will complete Syria withdrawal 'within days'

Russian fighter jets take off as part of the withdrawal of troops from Syria. Credit: Reuters

Russia will complete the withdrawal of most of its military forces from Syria "in two to three days", a Russian air force official has said in an interview with state-run media.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the pullout of forces from the country on Monday.

He emphasised that the Russian airbase in Hemeimeem in Syria's coastal province of Latakia and a naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartous will continue to operate.

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