A flydubai passenger jet crashed in southern Russia early today, killing all 62 people on board, including two Indians, as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don, officials said.
Passengers killed in the crash include 2 Indians, 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians and one from Uzbekistan. The two Indians killed in the crash were identified as Anju Kathirvel Aiyappan and Mohan Shyam.
The Boeing 737, heading from Dubai to the southern Russian city, was reportedly making its second attempt to land at 0050 GMT when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area.
“My whole house shook. I looked out into the yard and the sky was all red — it was a shade of red that I have never seen,” eyewitness Yana, who lives near the airport, told AFP.
Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed that all 55 passengers and seven crew members on board were killed and launched a probe into whether technical problems, pilot error or poor weather were behind the crash.
“On behalf of everyone at flydubai, I would like to express the devastation we all feel in relation to this morning’s tragic event in Rostov-on-Don,” flydubai chairman Ghaith Al Ghaith said in a statement.
A no-frills budget carrier which is a sister firm to Emirates Airlines, flydubai is government-owned and was set up in March 2008.