All sixty-two people on board a Flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, there were 55 passengers and seven crew members on the plane. According to Russia emergencies ministry, “the aircraft, a Boeing (BA.N) 737-800 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, crashed at 0340 (0040 GMT). Most of those on board were Russian”.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed the deceased victims of the plane tragedy, as Mohan and Anju from Ernakulam, Kerala. The couple was reportedly working as Ayurveda therapists at a spa in Rostov-on-Don. While Anju had been working there for the last four years, Mohan had moved to Russia just last year.
Investigators had earlier said bad weather could have been the primary cause, but now they say if the crash wasn't caused by a mechanical failure, it may have been caused by the pilot not handling the weather conditions properly. Investigators had earlier said bad weather could have been the primary cause, but now they say if the crash wasn't caused by a mechanical failure, it may have been caused by the pilot not handling the weather conditions properly. The crash occurred more than two hours after the plane, flight number FZ981, and was scheduled to land. Investigators working to extract data from flight recorders from a Flydubai jet also say they are "significantly damaged."
According to the Flydubai's CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith, it was "too early" to determine the cause of the crash. "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," Ghaith said. The airline also informed of providing "hardship payments" of $20,000 per passenger to relatives of those killed in the crash, to help address immediate financial requirements.