Plane crashes in Rostov-on-Don, resulting in deaths of 62 people

Plane crashes in Rostov-on-Don, resulting in deaths of 62 people

In conditions of poor visibility, a passenger plane flying from Dubai by flight FZ981 crashed in Rostov-on-Don. The crash occurred at 3:42 MSK during the night in conditions of poor visibility 50-100 meters to the left of the runway. 62 people were on board the Boeing 737-800, according to the information of the FlyDubai airline: 55 passengers, including 33 women, 18 men and four children, and seven crew members. They all died.

The Emergency Situations Ministry published a list of those who died in the crash, it is also posted on the website of the government of Rostov region. The majority of passengers are citizens of Russia. Three citizens of Ukraine, a citizen of Uzbekistan and one citizen of India may also be among the victims. Of the seven crew members, there were six foreigners on board.

Condolences to the families and relatives of the victims were also expressed by Russia's President Vladimir Putin, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov stated.

"The President of Russia expresses deep condolences to everyone who lost their loved ones in the plane crash," he said.

The head of state also instructed the Governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev, and the Emergency Situations Minister, Vladimir Puchkov, to do everything possible for the families of the victims.

The presidential press secretary added that the Transport Minister, Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Emergency Situations, Vladimir Puchkov, head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko, and presidential envoy in the Southern Federal District, Vladimir Ustinov, will soon arrive at the crash site.

The Governor of the Rostov region also expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims. Mourning in the Rostov region was announced for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.

Condolences were also expressed by the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin. "My sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who died in plane crash," he wrote on his Twitter blog.

The Russian authorities will help the families of all the victims of the tragedy, both Russians and foreigners, the head of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov stated. "The Russian President set the priority task at this stage of providing assistance and support to the families of the victims: both citizens of Russia and foreign countries. And the organization of transport corridors and transport for passengers who are not able or were not able to get to Rostov-on-Don airport," the Minister noted.

Families of the victims will receive one million rubles from the authorities of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev stated. "I think we will pay 1 million rubles to families of the victims. Today I will sign a corresponding decree," he said.