A FlyDubai Boeing 737-8000 carrying 62 passengers crashed while trying to land at the Rostov-on-Don airport in Southern Russia. All 62 passengers were killed as the plane blew up in to pieces. 44 of the passengers were Russian including a crew member. FlyDubai had a clean safety record till now and the cause of this crash is not yet known. Authorities have recovered both flight data recorders undamaged.
According to reports, the flight was delayed while trying to land and it crashed on its second attempt. It was kept on mid-air holding pattern for two hours. There are two witness accounts of how it occurred. One witness claims the plane’s wing hit the ground while trying to land and another source the plane nosedived into the ground. Security cam footage show an explosion on ground.
There were two Indian passengers in the flight as well. According to Flight Safety Foundation, the conditions at Rostov-on-Don was windy with gust of 69 kmph and wind speed of 43 kmph. FlyDubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said, “We will have information about the circumstances of the incident and the black box in the future, and an investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Russian authorities and we are waiting to see the results.”