JUST IN: 61 dead from airplane crash in Russia after Fly Dubai plane misses runway https://t.co/7ICudg14C2— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 19, 2016
A Fly Dubai commercial air flight 981 crashed while landing at a Russian airport Saturday, killing 55 passengers and six crew members on board, according to multiple sources.
The Boeing-738 plane missed the runway by a long-shot during the final moments of its descent into Rostov-on-Don airport.
“According to preliminary information, the Boeing-737 fell amid poor visibility conditions 50-100 meters [164-328 feet] left of the runway,” an Russian emergency personnel source said.
The plane had departed from Dubai earlier Saturday and was reported missing less than an hour before the crash.
DEVELOPING – A passenger airliner, with about 60 people aboard, crashed on Sunday while trying to land at an airport in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any deaths.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry identified the plane as a Boeing 738 and said it was coming from Dubai, but didn’t say how many were aboard. Russian media outlets have reported there were about 60 people aboard the plane.
The FlyDubai airline said on its Facebook page that “We are aware of an incident involving our flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov On Don. We are investigating.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.