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Russia: Flight recorders retrieved as crews sift through FlyDubai plane debris02:38

Russia: Flight recorders retrieved as crews sift through FlyDubai plane debris

Russian Federation, Rostov-on-Don
March 19, 2016 at 11:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Debris of the crashed FlyDubai flight FZ981 covered the runway at Rostov-on-Don Airport as Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) teams got to work at the scene of the disaster, Saturday.

EMERCOM informed the public that both of the plane’s black box flight recorders had been recovered from the crash site.

Poor weather is a likely principle cause of the plane crash, Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said in a statement to the press earlier in the day. Other reports state that pilot error and technical failure are also probable causes of the disaster. Golubev confirmed that 62 persons - "55 passengers and seven crew members" - had died in the catastrophe. The majority of passengers reportedly were Russians, who died alongside eight Ukrainians, two citizens of India and one passenger from Uzbekistan.

The FlyDubai passenger Boeing 737-800 travelling from Dubai crashed near the runway on its second landing approach early on Saturday morning. Ambulances and police arrived at the airport with EMERCOM teams also deployed to sift through the wreckage and secure the scene of the crash.

Rostov-on-Don Airport is closed until midnight on Saturday with inbound flights having been redirected to alternative airports in Sochi, Krasnodar, and Mineralnye Vody, said Olga Ladeyschikova, deputy director of strategic communication at the airport. "Passengers who were due to depart from us [from Rostov-on-Don Airport] will be transported by ground transportation to the airport in the city of Krasnodar and then taken to their destination cities," she stated.

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Debris of the crashed FlyDubai flight FZ981 covered the runway at Rostov-on-Don Airport as Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) teams got to work at the scene of the disaster, Saturday.

EMERCOM informed the public that both of the plane’s black box flight recorders had been recovered from the crash site.

Poor weather is a likely principle cause of the plane crash, Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said in a statement to the press earlier in the day. Other reports state that pilot error and technical failure are also probable causes of the disaster. Golubev confirmed that 62 persons - "55 passengers and seven crew members" - had died in the catastrophe. The majority of passengers reportedly were Russians, who died alongside eight Ukrainians, two citizens of India and one passenger from Uzbekistan.

The FlyDubai passenger Boeing 737-800 travelling from Dubai crashed near the runway on its second landing approach early on Saturday morning. Ambulances and police arrived at the airport with EMERCOM teams also deployed to sift through the wreckage and secure the scene of the crash.

Rostov-on-Don Airport is closed until midnight on Saturday with inbound flights having been redirected to alternative airports in Sochi, Krasnodar, and Mineralnye Vody, said Olga Ladeyschikova, deputy director of strategic communication at the airport. "Passengers who were due to depart from us [from Rostov-on-Don Airport] will be transported by ground transportation to the airport in the city of Krasnodar and then taken to their destination cities," she stated.

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