FlyDubai crash: Aerials show devastation of plane crash in Russian Federation

by Alfonso Matthews Marcha 19, 2016, 22:31
FlyDubai crash: Aerials show devastation of plane crash in Russian Federation

Russia's emergencies ministry said the aircraft, a Boeing (BA.N) 737-800 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, crashed at 0340 (0040 GMT).

Footage aired on local media showed a huge fireball engulfing a wide area after the plane came down.

Other flights had been diverted to Krasnodar airport, 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Rostov-on-Don.

There are reports that three foreign passengers were also among the victims.

Four of those killed were children.

The crash's cause wasn't immediately known, but officials suggested it could have been caused by a gust of wind.

Winds were anywhere from 14-to-22 meters per second (30-50 miles per hour) at the time of the crash and there was light rain.

Flydubai chairman Ghaith al-Ghaith expressed "devastation" over the disaster and sought to head off any "speculation" that the crash was the result of terrorism.

He said the plane then entered a holding pattern at 2327 GMT near the airpor and then left the holding pattern to try and land again at 0028 GMT.

"It was an uncontrollable fall", said Sergei Kruglikov, a veteran Russian pilot, said on Russian state television.

"I offer my condolences to the families of the passengers who lost their lives on board flight FZ981".

"Our air traffic controllers were acting in full accordance with worldwide rules and there is no reason to talk about any flaws in their work", he said in televised remarks from Rostov-on-Don.

Between the potential causes that are being looked at, are pilot error and technical failure. The authenticity of the tape couldn't be independently confirmed.

That incident saw Moscow stop flights to Egypt, cutting off one of the most popular holiday destinations for Russians.

Flydubai, or the Dubai Aviation Corporation, is the city's first low-priced airline.

Manufactured in 2011, the aircraft passed its latest maintenance on January the 21st, 2016. Although no official reports have been made as the investigation has just begun. It said Sunday has been declared a day of mourning in the Rostov region.



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