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A passenger FlyDubai Boeing-737-800 en route from Dubai to Russia’s Rostov-on-Don crashed at the city's airport after missing the runway amid poor visibility. There were 7 crew members and 55 passengers on board the crashed Boeing 737-800 plane, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.
Most people on board the crashed passenger jet Boeing-737-800 were residents of the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, there also were foreigners among them, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Southern Regional Center’s chief Igor Oder said.
An emergencies source told that the plane’s crew included a Greek national, two Spanish nationals, as well as one national of Russia, one of Colombia, one of Kazakhstan and one of the Seychelles.
According to the source, the passengers included three Ukrainian nationals, an Indian national and an Uzbekistan national.
There were six foreigners among the seven crew members.
Poor visibility caused by heavy rain could have been the cause of the crash. A blast occurred shortly after the jet crashed, according to authorities.
The Boeing 737-800 plane went down about 250-300 meters (820-984 feet) short of the runway, the governor said.
"The airport underwent reconstruction last year, between March and June, the runways also underwent reconstruction. The runway is in good condition," Golubev said on Rossiya-24 TV.
Russian Investigation Committee has launched a preliminary investigation.
FlyDubai Airlines has confirmed the crash of its flight in Rostov-on-Don. An inquiry into the accident has
been launched, a company statement reads.
"We are aware of an incident involving our flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov On Don. We are investigating further details and will publish an update once more information is available," FlyDubai said on Facebook.
Some 80 rescuers and 19 pieces of rescue equipment are working on the crash site.
2016.03.19 / 10:57