Plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people on board killed

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Plane Crashes in Russia, All 62 on Board Killed

MOSCOW, March 19 - All 62 people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport on Saturday, Russian officials said.

Russia's emergencies ministry said the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, crashed at 0340 (0040 GMT). Most of those on board were Russian.

"The aircraft hit the ground and broke into pieces," the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website. "According to preliminary data there were 55 passengers aboard and seven crew members. They all died."

One of the flight recorders had been recovered, the committee said in a statement.

"Different versions of what happened are being looked into, including crew error, a technical failure and bad weather conditions," the committee said.

The plane came down inside the airport's perimeter, about 250 meters (yards) short of the start of the runway.

The plane's wing hit the ground on its second attempt to land and burst into flames, the Rostov region's emergency ministry said in a statement.

Grainy pictures from a security camera pointing towards the airport, which were broadcast on Russian television, showed a large explosion at ground level, with flames and sparks leaping high into the air.

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 19, 2016. The crash site of the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 at the Rostov-on-Don airport. The plane crashed during a second attempt to land in bad weather conditions killing all 55 passengers and 7 crew members aboard. Rostov-on-Don Region Branch of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 19, 2016. An ambulance at the Rostov-on-Don airport where the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 crashed during a second attempt to land in bad weather conditions. All 55 passengers and seven crew members aboard the plane were killed in the crash. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery Matytsin\TASS via Getty Images)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 19, 2016. A list of passengers aboard the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 that crashed during a second attempt to land in bad weather conditions at the Rostov-on-Don airport. All 55 passengers and seven crew members aboard the plane were killed in the crash. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery Matytsin\TASS via Getty Images)
Russian police forces stand guard the airport aftr a flydubai passenger jet crashed, killing all 62 people on board in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, which came from Dubai, was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian emergency rescuers and forensic investigators work on the wreckage of the flydubai passenger jet which crashed, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, which came from Dubai, was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Russian emergency rescuer walks through wreckage of the flydubai passenger jet which crashed, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, which came from Dubai, was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of the victims of the airplane crash mourn at the airport in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. All sixty-two people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, officials said. The plane was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed and leaving debris scattered across a wide area. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 19, 2016. Rostov-on-Don Region Governor Vasily Golubev (C) talks to journalists at the Rostov-on-Don airport where the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 crashed during a second attempt to land in bad weather conditions. All 55 passengers and seven crew members aboard the plane were killed in the crash. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery Matytsin\TASS via Getty Images)
Flowers lie on a desk inside of the airport building in Rostov-on-Don where a plane crashed killing all 62 people onboard on March 19, 2016. The plane, which came from Dubai, was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian Emergency Ministry employees investigate the wreckage of a crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016. A Dubai airliner crashed and caught fire early Saturday while landing in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, officials said. (AP Photo)
In this photo provided by vk.com/rostovnadonu, Russian emergency fire trucks are seen among the wreckage of a crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016. A Dubai airliner crashed and caught fire early Saturday while landing in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, officials said. (vk.com/rostovnadonu group via AP)
This frame grab provided by Rostov-on-Don I General company from black and white CCTV footage shows road and behind line of trees fireball, believed to be a plane on fire, crashes to ground at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016. An airliner coming from Dubai crashed early Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russiaâs Emergencies Ministry said. (Rostov-on-Don I General company via AP)
A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employee, left, tries to comfort a relative of the plane crash victims at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016. An airliner from Dubai crashed early Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don in strong winds, Russian officials said. (AP Photo)
Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees and police officers are seen as they take a car to drive to the area of a plane crash at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016. An airliner with 61 people aboard coming from Dubai crashed early Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russiaâs Emergencies Ministry said. (AP Photo)
In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Russian emergency trucks are seen near the area of the plane crash at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016. An airliner with 61 people aboard coming from Dubai crashed early Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russiaâs Emergencies Ministry said. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP)
Ambulances are seen outside the airport entrance following the crash of a flydubai Boeing 737 aircraft in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. All sixty-one people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on March 19 morning, a local official said. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ambulance cars are parked near the airport building in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. All sixty-one people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on March 19 morning, a local official said. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
People enter the door as an ambulance car parks near the airport building following the crash of a flydubai Boeing 737 aircraft in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. All sixty-one people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on March 19 morning, a local official said. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The crash occurred more than two hours after the plane, flight number FZ981, was scheduled to land.

Flydubai said in a statement that the company was doing all it could to gather more information as quickly as possible.

"At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft," said the government-owned airline.

The crash is the budget airline's first since it started flying in May 2009. It last suffered a major safety incident when one of its planes was shot at while landing at Baghdad airport on Jan. 27, 2015.

Six of the crew were non-Russians, the Russian emergency ministry said in a statement on it website, but it did not reveal the citizenship of the crew or passengers aboard.

Flydubai said in a statement that there were 44 Russians among the 55 passengers, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one Uzbek. Four children were among the dead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered for assistance to be given to the relatives of those killed.

"The head of state said that now the main thing is to work with the families and the loved ones of those who had died," the Kremlin said in a statement on its website.

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