61 killed in plane crash in Russia

Aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and crashed during a repeat attempt: Russia's Emergencies Ministry

Russian officials said on Saturday that a passenger jet crashed in southern Russia with all 55 passengers and six crew on board believed to have been killed.

Russia's Emergencies Ministry said the aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, crashed at 03:50 (0030 GMT) at the airport in Rostov at the end of a flight from Dubai.

Abandoned initial attempt

The aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and came down while making a repeat attempt, according to a Ministry statement.

An official from the investigative committee, a state body that routinely investigates major incidents, told Reuters from Rostov that “according to preliminary information” everyone on board the jet had died.

Most commuters were Russian

Most of the passengers on board were Russian, the regional governor said on television.

“Three foreigners were on the passenger list of the plane, but that information needs checking,” an Emergency Ministry official said on Rossiya-24 news channel.

Flydubai probing an 'incident'

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