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FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people onboard killed

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MOSCOW — A plane carrying 62 people has crashed while trying to land at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport, killing all those onboard, officials say.

The plane, operated by Dubai-based carrier Flydubai, ‘hit the ground and broke into pieces,’ the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website.

Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency said the Boeing 737 crashed to the left of the runway during bad weather.

“According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.”

FlyDubai released a statement on its Facebook page confirming the ‘tragic accident’ involving its flight FZ981.

“We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible,” the airline said.

“At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.”

FlyDubai said it was working closely with authorities. “We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.”

The Rostov regional emergency ministry told Russian television there may have been three foreigners on the plane. However, the area’s regional governor said most passengers were from the surrounding region.

In a statement, Russia’s emergencies ministry said the aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and came down at 3:50am local time while making a repeat attempt.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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