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61 killed in Russia plane crash

Passenger jet was crashed while attempting to land in Russia's Rostov-on-Don city

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Publish Date: Mar 19 2016 12:00PM | Updated Date: Mar 19 2016 12:04PM

61 killed in Russia plane crash

 At least 61 people were killed when their passenger jet faced crashed while attempting to land in Russia's Rostov-on-Don city on Saturday, media reports said.

 
Flydubai flight FZ981 which was coming from Dubai was about to land in Russian city.
 
Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said the aircraft was scheduled to land at 1.20 a.m. but went down at 3.50 a.m.
 
"There were 55 passengers and six crew members on board," a source was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.
 
There were conflicting reports about the number of dead, with earlier reports putting the toll at 62 with seven crew members.
 
The plane's pilot had circled the airport, waiting for the weather to clear before re-attempting to land, but the aircraft's tail had clipped the runway, the emergencies ministry said.
 
The Boeing 737-800 fell apart and caught fire during the second attempt to land, Russian Emergencies Ministry's Southern Regional Centre chief Igor Oder said.
 
Weather data from the area indicated that winds of 97 kph at the time of the crash and there was light rain.
 
A storm warning was declared in Rostov-on-Don on Friday.
 
The plane's flight path, as tracked by Flight Radar 24, showed the plane made a number of turns near the Rostov-on-Don airport prior to the final landing.
 
The airport will remain closed until Sunday. At least six flights were delayed, two of which were supposed to leave for St. Petersburg, while the others were due to arrive in Moscow. The inbound flights are getting rerouted to Krasnodar.