21 MARCH 2016
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A FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 crashed on landing on Saturday 19 March at the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing all 62 on board.
It is not clear what caused the disaster but poor visibility and high winds are being considered as a factor. It does appear that the aircraft came down short of the runway during a second attempt at landing. The head of the airline, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said the pilot was a Cypriot and the co-pilot was a Spaniard.
FlyDubai was established in 2009 as a low-cost carrier and is Dubai government owned. While sharing the same proprietor as Emirates both airlines are run independently. The current fleet is comprised of 48 Boeing 737-800 with the Boeing MAX on order. Unlike most of its contemporaries a two-class layout is provided on some routes and also full catering on a few Economy services. www.flydubai.com
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