FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 from Dubai nosedived and exploded in a huge fireball before dawn Saturday, after trying to land for a second time amidst strong winds in the Russian city: Rostov-on-Don. FlyDubai has confirmed that all the 62 people on-board were killed in this crash. Most of the passengers on-board were Russian. Aviation experts have said that, several planes had trouble in landing at the airport at the time of crash, with one trying to land three times before giving up and diverting to another airport.
On Sunday, the aviation experts started examining the black boxes from the FlyDubai flight and the emergency workers finished combing the debris-laded runway.
FlyDubai flight crashed amid high winds at an airport in southern Russia on Saturday, killing all 62 aboard
The deputy chairman of the Inter-State Aviation Committee, Sergei Zaiko told Russia’s Channel One that the aviation experts were looking at the plane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders on Sunday, which were then delivered to Moscow. They will be analyzed by experts from Russia, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates & France, since the American-made Boeing had French-made engines.
A large number of people came to the airport on Sunday at Rostov-on-Don, to lay flowers and leave candles & toys in the memory of the dead. Rostov-on-Don is 950 km south of Moscow near the Ukrainian border. A woman living nearby was interviewed by State-owned Rossiya-24 on Sunday. The woman said that, she was woken up by the sound of the explosion.
“The house started shaking. I looked out of the window, the sky was red and in a few seconds it was over”, she said.
The CCTV footage showed the FlyDubai plane going down at a steep angle and exploding. The explosion was so powerful that it left a big crater in the runway and pulverized the plane and passenger remains. Maxim Sokolov, the transport minister told the reporters that the emergency teams had finished combing the area and the authorities were now waiting for the investigators to give a green signal to let the repair teams onto the runway. Maxim Sokolov also said that he expects the airport to open early Monday.