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The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia

A Boeing passenger jet operated by the Flydubai budget airline crashed on Saturday, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather. The Boeing 737, which flew from Dubai to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, was reportedly making its second attempt to land at 0050 GMT after circling for several hours. It missed the runway and erupted in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area.

The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
A man lays flowers at the airport entrance in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. 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, officials said. The Boeing 737, heading from Dubai to the southern Russian city, was reportedly making its second attempt to land at 0050 GMT when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of Flydubai, speaks during a press conference in Dubai on March 19, 2016 following the crash of a Flydubai passenger jet as it was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway at Rostov-on-Don airport south of Russia. The plane crashed in southern Russia early, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don, officials said. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Russian emergency rescuers and forensic investigators work on the wreckage of the Flydubai passenger jet which crashed, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, 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. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
People mourn at the airport entrance in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016, after a Boeing passenger jet operated by the Flydubai budget airline crashed earlier in the day, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather. The Boeing 737, which flew from Dubai to the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, was reportedly making its second attempt to land at 0050 GMT after circling for several hours. It missed the runway and erupted in a huge fireball as it crashed, leaving debris scattered across a wide area. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Ismail Al Hosani (L), United Arab Emirates Assistant Director General of Air Accident Investigation, Ghaith Al Ghaith (C), Chief Executive Officer of Flydubai, and James Vile, Senior Vice President Flight Operations at Flydubai, observe a moment of silence ahead of a press conference in Dubai on March 19, 2016 following the crash of a Flydubai passenger jet as it was making its second attempt to land when it missed the runway at Rostov-on-Don airport south of Russia. The plane crashed in southern Russia early, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don, officials said. (MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
People read the passengers' list of the Flydubai passenger jet that crashed, killing all 62 people on board in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, 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. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Russian worshippers pray for the victims of a Flydubai airliner crash at an Orthodox church in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, on March 19, 2016. The plane crashed in southern Russia early on March 19, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Russian worshippers pray for the victims of a Flydubai airliner crash at an Orthodox church in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, on March 19, 2016. The plane crashed in southern Russia early on March 19, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Relatives of the victims of the airplane crash speak with a Russian Emergency psychologist (L) at the airport in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. at the airport in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. All sixty-two people on board a Flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when the plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, officials said. The plane was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed and leaving debris scattered across a wide area. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Russian emergency rescuers and forensic investigators work on the wreckage of the Flydubai passenger jet which crashed, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, 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. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. (AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Ambulances are seen outside the airport entrance following the crash of a Flydubai Boeing 737 aircraft in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. All sixty-two people on board a flydubai Boeing 737 were killed when their plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on March 19 morning, a local official said. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Flydubai tragedy in southern Russia
Stand guard the airport aftr a Flydubai passenger jet crashed, killing all 62 people on board in Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. The plane, 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. The ministry said more than 700 rescuers and 100 vehicles were combing the area in driving wind and snow where the wreckage was strewn, with investigators confirming one of the plane's black boxes had been retrieved. (SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)