A FlyDubai jet en route from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don in Russia, Flight FZ981, has crashed on landing at the Russian airport and it’s expected that there are no survivors of the accident.
FlyDubai is a low cost airline headquartered in Dubai, UAE operating a fleet of 50 Boeing 737 jets.
CNBC (access here) reported about the accident this last hour.
A passenger jet run by Flydubai under the code FZ981 has crash-landed at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia, with 55 passengers and up to six crew members on board, according to multiple reports.
An emergency official based in Rostov told Reuters reported that it was unlikely anyone on the plane survived the crash. A spokesperson for the Southern Regional Center of the Emergency Situations Ministry confirmed the crash to NBC.
The spokesperson told NBC by phone, “The crash site is being investigated for survivors.The plane is broken, debris strewn over the landing strip. A special commission is looking into causes of the incident.”
The Boeing 737-800 was en route from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don when it missed the runway in poor visibility possibly caused by heavy rain, English-language state news agency Sputnik reported, citing Russian-language state agency RIA Novosti.
The passenger group, which included four children, were all Russian citizens, Sputnik reported, while the six crew were foreigners. Other reports put the number of crew at four or five, and said that there may have been fewer foreigners on board.
All were killed, according to the report, which cited a Emergency Ministry source.
Russian news agency Tass also said there were no survivors, according to reports. Rostov-on-Don’s governor reported told local television that the majority of people on board were from the local region.
It’s very early in the investigation of the crash and it’s impossible to draw definitive conclusion what exactly led to the crash even though the report cites poor visibility at the Russian airport.
A detailed passenger list with nationalities will for sure be forthcoming at some point. The investigation of this accident will be interesting to watch as it took place in Russia and based on international agreements since the aircraft was manufactured by Boeing in the U.S. the NTSB will contribute to the investigation.