Sun, 20 March 2016

Flydubai Aircraft Crashes in Russia Killing Everyone on Board

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 Uzbekistani.

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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