A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane flying from Dubai and carrying 55 passengers crashed and burst into flames this morning in Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, an official with Russia's Southern Regional Emergency Center said.
"The plane with 55 passengers and six or seven crew on board, coming from Dubai, crashed as it came into land at the airport in Rostov-on-Don," said Marina Kostioukova, spokeswoman for the local emergencies ministry.
"At this this time we do not have any information on victims," she said. The accident happened at 0050 GMT (6.20 am IST), according to an official statement from the ministry. "The Boeing 737 on the Dubai to Rostov-on-Don route caught fire (after crashing)," said the statement, adding that the fire was brought under control by 0200 GMT.
"We are aware of an incident involving our flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov On Don. We are investigating further details and will publish an update once more information is available," Emirati budget carrier FlyDubai carrier wrote on its official Facebook page.
Two Indians are among sixty-two people killed after a Dubai airliner crashed and caught fire early today while landing in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. The names of the Indians in the list put out by Russian authorities are: Anju Kathirvel Aiyappan and Mohan Shyam, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. "Our mission is checking with the local university and Indian nationals for confirmation," he said.
(With inputs from Reuters and PTI)
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