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Mon 21 Mar 2016 12:39 PM

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Flights resume at Flydubai crash airport

Services at Rostov-on-Don airport resume, two days after jet crash landed, killing 62

Flights resume at Flydubai crash airport
An airplane from Russian airline UTair Aviation is parked at the airfield of the airport in Rostov-on-Don. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Flights have begun taking off again at Rostov-on-Don airport, where a Flydubai aircraft crash-landed on Saturday morning, killing 62 people.

The Associated Press reported that three flights had departed from the airport in southern Russia on Monday morning.

Fifty-five passengers and seven crew died when the Boeing 737-800, operated by Dubai-based budget carrier, made a second attempt to land at the airport.

At the crash site, Russian workers finished their search of the snow-covered wreckage, having sifted more than 200 pieces of the victims' bodies scattered across the airfield, Russian TV reported.

Russia's airline regulator said work had started extracting information from the doomed plane's flight recorders, which were badly damaged in the crash.

"The received recorders are badly damaged mechanically," Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) said in a statement on its website, alongside a photo of a crumpled recorder.

"Specialists ... have started the inspection, opening and removing the memory modules from their protective coverings for further work to restore the cable connections and prepare to copy the data," the IAC said.

RIA news agency cited an IAC official as saying it could take one month to decode information from the recorders.

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