: Eight Ukrainians killed in Russia plane crash - Ukrainian Foreign Ministry (updates)
Society11:06 Mar. 19, 2016

Eight Ukrainians killed in Russia plane crash - Ukrainian Foreign Ministry (updates)

The Flydubai passenger jet ploughed into the runway at Rostov-On-Don early Saturday morning


10:15 Rescue work at Rostov plane crash site completed: officials

The Russian airport is expected to remain closed until at least March 21 Full story


20:37 Ukrainian president extends condolences to victims of Russia plane crash, Ankara attack

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko holds a moment of silence for the victims of a terror attack in Turkey and a plane crash in Russia. Among those who lost their lives on the airliner were 8 Ukrainians.

Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian President: "Unfortunately, today we have very sad news from Ankara and from Russia. In Ankara there was a terrorist attack and in Russia in Rostov, a Boeing 737 passenger jet operated by Flydubai this morning crashed when landing in Rostov, Russian Federation, right near our border and all 62 people onboard were killed. And among these 62 people we have 8 Ukrainians. And let us mourn the memory of those who perished with a moment of silence."


20:28 Investigators to begin flight recorder analysis in FlyDubai crash which claimed 62 lives

In Russia's Rostov-on-Don, mourners continue to lay flowers in memory of the victims of flight 981. The Flydubai airliner crashed at the city's airport early Saturday morning during a second landing attempt.

All 62 people on board – 55 passengers and 7 crew - lost their lives. Bad weather conditions are being blamed for the tragedy although pilot error is also being investigated as a factor according to local authorities. Both of the plane's flight recorders have been recovered undamaged says the investigative committee.

Flydubai Ceo Ghaith Al-Ghaith"So from our point of view, there could be any various (eds note: refers to reasons for crash) of these things, of course we will know by the time the investigation finishes. As far as we know the airport was open and we were good to operate. That's what we know now. What was the weather exactly and how did that effect this unfortunate accident is too early to tell." Full story  


Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of Flydubai reacts during a press conference about the FlyDubai plane crash in Russia, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 19, 2016 (AP photo) 


15:25 Relatives of Russia plane crash victims mourn at airport

Relatives of those killed in a plane crash in Russia are mourning their loved ones at Rostov-On-Don Airport. All 62 people on board the aircraft from Dubai died.

Eight of those are Ukrainians including one child, according to officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kyiv. Full story  


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, Russia, March 19, 2016 (AP Photo)

11:06 Now news from Russia where a passenger plane has crashed, killing all 62 people onboard.

The Boeing aircraft flying from Dubai hit the ground on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport.

Russian investigators say the accident happened shortly before 4am local time.

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The cause of the crash is being looked into. Reuters reports the regional governor as saying bad weather in the Rostov area was too blame - although pilot error has also not been ruled out.

Grainy pictures from a security camera pointing towards the airport show a large explosion at ground level.

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Flydubai have issued a statement saying: "At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft."

We'll have more throughout the day on this developing story. 


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 south of Moscow, Russia March 19, 2016 (AP Photo)


A relative of the plane crash victim sobs as he is comforted by other relatives at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016 (AP Photo)

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