(VOVWorld)- An Emirati airline whose plane crashed over southern Russia has played down any suggestion that "terrorism" was involved.
A Boeing 737-800 from Emirati low cost airline Fly Dubai taking off from Kabul International Airport (AFP)
A flydubai passenger jet crashed in southern Russia early Saturday, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don. The Boeing 737, which came from Dubai, was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. Flydubai's chief executive Ghaith al-Ghaith on Saturday described any suggestion of the craft being intentionally brought down as "speculation". He told a news conference in Dubai that the Cypriot pilot and Spanish co-pilot each had nearly 6,000 hours of flying experience. The five other crew members were from Spain, Russia, the Seychelles, Colombia and Kyrgyzstan, he said. "The aircraft was checked on January 21," Ghaith added.