“According to recent information, eight citizens of Ukraine were killed in the crash, this is an update from the emergency services,” the source said to UNIAN, Joinfo.ua reports.
The death toll of the crash is 62 people, a high-ranking official of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry, according to Russian media reports.
There were 55 passengers and seven crewmembers onboard the plane.
The ministry posted the list of the passengers and crew members of Flight 981 Dubai – Rostov-on-Don in English.
“A flydubai Boeing 737-800 en route from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don crashed at 03:50 in the morning today while on the second approach to land at the Rostov-on-Don airport,” Viktor Yatsunenko, the chief of the ministry’s national crisis management center, said on Saturday.
According to Flightradar24, the pilot of the Boeing 737 made three attempts to land before a crash at the Rostov airport. “In between #FZ981’s 1st attempt & crash, #SU1166 made 3 landing attempts before diverting,” Flightradar24 wrote on Twitter.
Airlines flydubai issued an official statement on March 19 to express condolences in connection with the plane crash and confirm there were no survivors in the accident. “We are working with the local emergency services and other agencies who are at the scene. Flydubai is in the process of verifying the passenger list however preliminary numbers indicate 55 passengers and 7 crew on board on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” the company said in the statement. The aircraft had departed Dubai International (DXB) at 18.20GMT on Friday, March 18, and was due to arrive that evening at 22.40GMT.
Spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin announced that one of the flight recorders of the plane had already been found, Russian news agency TASS reported.
The investigators verify three possible theories probe of what caused the plane crash. According to them, the plane could have crashed due to a piloting error, bad weather conditions, or a technical disorder, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee.
The black box has been recovered at the scene.