All 62 on board killed as plane crashes in Russia
2 Indians among victims; bad weather likely cause of crash
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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