At 00:50 GMT on Saturday, 19 March 2016,
flydubai flight FZ981 crashed at Rostov-on-Don in Russia, killing
everyone on board.
Onboard the Boeing-737-800 aircraft were 55 passengers
including 33 women, 18 men and 4 children. The 7 crew members
consisted of 5 men and 2 women. The nationalities of the
passengers included 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians, 2 Indians and 1
“On behalf of everyone at flydubai, I would like to express the devastation we all feel in relation to this tragic event in Rostov-on-Don. Our
primary concern is for the passengers and crew involved at this
tragic time. Everyone in our company is in deep shock and our
hearts go out to all loved ones of those involved,” said Flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith.
“We do not yet know all the details of the incident but we are
working closely with the authorities to establish precisely what
happened. We are making every effort to care for those affected
and will provide assistance to the families and friends of those
who were on board.”
On behalf of the international tourism
community, the UNWTO expressed its sympathies and condolences to
the families and friends of the victims.
“It was with great sorrow that we heard the news
of this tragedy and express our heartfelt solidarity with the
families and friends of the passengers at this most difficult
time,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
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