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FlyDubai plane crash: search operation ends


New York: A day after a FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 from Dubai crashed landed in southern Russia, the search operation ended on Sunday and the investigators were moving on to the cause of the accident and identification of bodies, officials said. Flight FZ981 from the United Arab Emirates crash landed killing 62 people onboard amid poor weather conditions above Rostov-on-Don airport.

Deputy Emergencies Minister Leonid Belyaev said that his ministry would focus on helping Russia’s investigative committee, interstate aviation committee, insurers and Boeing representatives.

“We shall also continue studying the plane’s fragments to clear out reasons of the crash, will continue working on identification of the bodies, on collecting the DNA, and working with the families of the victims,” news agency TASS reported him as saying, reports CNN.

In the wake of the incident, Russia has declared Sunday a day of mourning in the Rostov administrative region, which borders the Sea of Azov and eastern Ukraine.

Forty-four of the passengers who died in the crash were Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one Uzbekistani. The airline has said that it would provide hardship payments of $20,000 per passenger to relatives of those killed in the crash. “Our priority is to identify and contact the families of those lost … and provide immediate support to those affected,” the airline said in a statement.

According to reports, the family members of the victims would receive one-million rubles (about $15,000) from Moscow.