Rostov-On-Don: FlyDubai Crashes in Fireball, Sixty-One Lives Lost

Friday, March 18, 2016
By George Hatcher

Sixty-one people were aboard a FlyDubai Boeing 737 that crashed today on the second approach to Rostov-On-Don in Russia, in bad weather conditions.

The airline posted this statement:


There were no survivors. A raw video (below) of the crash shows the plane coming down in a fireball at a steep angle.

The Regional Emergencies Ministry said “The Boeing-737 fell amid poor visibility conditions 50-100 meters [164-328 feet] left of the runway.”

The plane was en route from Dubai to Russia’s Rostov-on-Don. The pilots failed to land on their first pass, and on the second pass crashed after they missed the runway. The time difference between both approaches at first report appears to be nearly 2 hours. The plane had been airborne for just over six hours when it came down; AV. Herald reports that the plane carried fuel for 8.31 hours.

Here is the link of the Flightradar playback of Flydubai flight FZ981, a Boeing-737:

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