All 62 on board killed as plane crashes in Rus­sia

2 In­di­ans among vic­tims; bad weather likely cause of crash

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HINDUSTAN TIMES - Reuters ■ ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MOSCOW/DUBAI: All 62 peo­ple aboard a pas­sen­ger jet fly­ing from Dubai to south­ern Rus­sia were killed when their plane crashed on its se­cond at­tempt to land at Ros­tov-on-Don air­port on Satur­day, Rus­sian of­fi­cials said.

Pas­sen­gers killed in the crash in­clude 2 In­di­ans, 44 Rus­sians, 8 Ukraini­ans and one from Uzbek­istan. The In­di­ans killed in the crash were iden­ti­fied as Anju Kathirvel Aiyap­pan and Mo­han Shyam.

Sev­eral planes had trou­ble land­ing at the air­port at the time of the crash, with one try­ing to land three times be­fore giv­ing up and di­vert­ing to an­other air­port, ex­perts said.

Closed-cir­cuit TV footage showed the plane go­ing down in a steep an­gle and ex­plod­ing. The pow­er­ful ex­plo­sion left a big crater in the run­way and pul­ver­ized the plane.

“The air­craft hit the ground and broke into pieces,” the in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee of Rus­sia said in a state­ment on its web­site. “There were 55 pas­sen­gers aboard and seven crew mem­bers. They all died.” Both of the plane’s flight recorders have been re­cov­ered un­dam­aged, the com­mit­tee said.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­de­pen­dent US-based Flight Safety Foun­da­tion, there was strong wind at the air­port with a speed of 43 km per hour, with gusts up to 69 km, but vis­i­bil­ity was rea­son­able.

“Dif­fer­ent ver­sions of what hap­pened are be­ing looked into, in­clud­ing crew er­ror, a tech­ni­cal fail­ure and bad weather con­di­tions,” the com­mit­tee said.

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