Plane Crash in Russia Leaves 62 Dead
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After circling a Russian airport in bad weather for more than two hours, a flydubai Boeing 737 carrying 62 people crashed Saturday morning when the aircraft's tail clipped the runway, CNN reported. There were no survivors.
The airplane traveled from Dubai to the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia, where it crashed on the second landing attempt, CNN said.
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Authorities told CNN that bad weather was the culprit, but technical issues and human error could have also been factors in the crash. Terrorism is not suspected.
The state-run Sputnik News reported that investigative committee spokeswoman Oksana Kovrizhnaya said the investigation should take about two months but could take longer.
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"Flydubai very much regrets to confirm that the accident involving flight number FZ981 at Rostov-on-Don earlier today has resulted in 55 passenger fatalities including 33 women, 18 men and four children,” CNN reported that the airline said. "The nationalities of the deceased passengers include 44 Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one Uzbekistani."
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