flydubai set to resume Rostov on Don flights after crash tragedy

Low cost carrier will resume services to southern Russia destination on Tuesday, three days after crash in which 62 people died
flydubai set to resume Rostov on Don flights after crash tragedy
Russian Emergency Ministry rescuers search the wreckage of a crashed airplane at the Rostov-on-Don airport. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Mon 21 Mar 2016 07:23 PM

Low cost carrier flydubai has announced it will resume flights to Rostov on Don in Russia on Tuesday, three days after one of its planes crashed at the airport, killing all 62 people on board.

The resumption of services was announced in a tweet by the Government of Dubai Media Office.

A Boeing 737-800, operated by flydubai, crashed in the early hours of Saturday at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia in strong, gusting winds on its second attempt to land.

The stricken plane's flight data recorder survived largely intact, but the cockpit voice recorder - which should shed crucial light on the pilots' final conversations before the crash - was badly damaged and needs to be restored.

Russian investigators said on Monday were trying to restore the damaged cockpit voice recorder.

Flydubai's CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said on Saturday it was too early to determine why the plane, which was just over five years old, crashed.

One of the big unanswered questions is why the plane attempted to land in what were reported to be fiercely strong winds and did not divert to a nearby airport. An Aeroflot plane had earlier made several aborted landing attempts and been diverted.

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