A passenger jet carrying 62 people from Dubai crashed in southern Russia due to poor weather conditions and low visibility.
According to Russian officials, all the 62 people including 7 crew members have been killed in the crash just before landing in the city of Rostov-on-Don.
Official statement from Russia’s Emergency Ministry reveals the Boeing 737-800 operated by FlyDubai attempted landing in heavy winds and its wing hit the runway resulting with breaking up and bursting into flames.
Interfax news wire service of Russia writes the plane circled the airport for about 50 minutes trying to make the landing in winds and on impact it broke up completely.
No suspect of terror act or foul play is being suspected by Russian officials even though the Investigating Committee opened up a criminal investigation for any such possibilities.
Last year, in October, a Russian charter plane crashed in the Sinai desert and it was linked to a homemade bomb detonated aboard by Islamic State militants. The jet was flying from Egypt to St. Petersburg carrying 224 people.
Governor of the Rostov region, Vasily Golubev, said heavy winds approaching at hurricane strength were the cause of today’s crash. Most of the passenger of the plane was from city of Rostov-on-Don and neighboring areas.
Dubai Media Office tweeted the plane had 44 Russian, 8 from Ukraine, 2 Indians and one from Uzbekistan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to provide aid to family members of the deceased.