Breaking: FlyDubai Plane Crashes Killing All 62 Passengers And Crew

Breaking: FlyDubai Plane Crashes Killing All 62 Passengers And Crew FlyDubai Plane Crashes Killing All 62 Passengers And Crew

More than 60 people have died after a FlyDubai passenger jet smashed into the ground while attempting to land at a Russian airport.

Flight FZ981 was carrying 55 passengers and seven crew members from Dubai when it crashed at Rostov-on-Don airport around 4am Moscow time. 

Four children were among those killed in the smash, which happened as the plane attempted to land for a second time in bad weather conditions. Thirty-three women and 18 men were also travelling.

This is believed to be the moment the crashed on landing at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia

This is believed to be the moment the crashed on landing at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia

 The plane went up in flames after its tail hit the runway and disintegrated, a statement released by Russia's Emergencies Ministry confirmed. 

The aircraft was predominantly carrying Russian passengers, although eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one person from Uzbekistan were also on board.

Emergency services were this morning at the airport attempting to clear up the debris from the Boeing 737.

Emergency services were this morning at the airport attempting to clear up the debris from the Boeing 737

Emergency services were this morning at the airport attempting to clear up the debris from the Boeing 737

Photographs showed officials standing in thick fog and rain as they scoured the crash site. 

Meanwhile, relatives were pictured sobbing at the airport as FlyDubai began to contact families about the crash.

A statement from the aircraft said: 'We are currently contacting relatives of the passengers and crew who were on board and we are offering any help we can to those affected.' 

Meanwhile, relatives were pictured sobbing at the airport as FlyDubai began to contact families about the crash

Meanwhile, relatives were pictured sobbing at the airport as FlyDubai began to contact families about the crash

The aircraft was predominantly carrying Russian passengers, although eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one person from Uzbekistan were also on board. Above, a relative waits for information at the airport on Saturday morning 

The aircraft was predominantly carrying Russian passengers, although eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one person from Uzbekistan were also on board. Above, a relative waits for information at the airport on Saturday morning 

It comes as YouTube footage released this morning appears to show a fireball as the aircraft crashes into the ground. 

The grainy black and white footage allegedly shows the plane plummeting towards the ground before a large fireball spreads through the nearby trees. 

Smoke can be seen rising into the dark sky as cars drive past the burning wreckage. 

FlyDubai confirmed it was investigating the incident with officials on scene 'trying to establish the facts'. 

A statement released on Saturday morning added: 'Chief Executive Officer Ghaith Al Ghaith, with the support of the full management team, is leading our response to the accident. 

'At this stage the focus of our efforts is on establishing the facts around the incident and providing all possible support to the authorities. Our emergency response team are now en-route to Rostov-on-Don.' 

Shocking photographs taken of the scene on Saturday morning showed how the plane had been obliterated in the crash 

'Everyone at flydubai is in deep shock and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those involved. 

'We don't yet know all the details of the accident but we are working closely with the authorities to establish the cause. 

'We are making every effort to care for those affected and will provide assistance to the loved ones of those on board.'

Flight FZ981 included 33 women, 18 men and four children as passengers, according to the airline. 

FlyDubai confirmed in a second statement that FZ981 crashed 'on landing and that fatalities have been confirmed as a result of this tragic accident.'

'We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible,' it reads. 

'At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.

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