Boeing 737-800 from Dubai with 62 people aboard crashed early Saturday during a landing attempt at the airport in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
All 55 passengers and seven crew members were killed, according to a list of victims published on the website of the Rostov regional government. Vasily Golubev, the governor of the Rostov region, said strong winds appeared to have caused the crash, but Russian officials said other factors could also have contributed.
The airliner belonged to the Dubai budget carrier FlyDubai, which confirmed that the plane had crashed on landing and that none of the passengers had survived. Forty-four of the passengers were Russian, eight were Ukrainian, two were Indian and one was Uzbek, the airline said.
Air-traffic control and local emergency services confirmed that the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near the runway during a second approach in conditions of poor visibility.
“According to preliminary data, the Boeing 738 crashed in poor visibility conditions, some 50-100 meters left of the runway,” the source said.
The Russian Investigative Committee, a law enforcement agency, said one of the plane’s two flight data recorders had been recovered. In a statement on its website, the agency listed “crew error, technical failure, adverse weather conditions and other factors” as possible reasons for the crash.
Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said the crash occurred at 3:42 a.m. as the plane was making its second attempt to land, two hours after an earlier attempt had failed. A wing of the plane struck the runway, and the aircraft began to disintegrate and burn, the statement said.
FlyDubai, which was established in 2008 by Dubai’s government, flies to seven Russian cities, according to its website. Before Saturday, it had never had a fatal crash. As of this month, the airline had 49 Boeing 737 aircraft, with an average age of 3.5 years.