Moscow: A couple from near Perumbavoor in Kerala was among the 62 people killed on Saturday in a plane crash in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don city, officials said. The FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 from Dubai missed the runway as it attempted to land at 3.50 am. The couple — Shyam Mohan and his wife KA Anju, both aged 27 — worked in an ayurvedic resort in Russia and had left from here on Thursday.
Russian Emergency Ministry employees are seen among the wreckage of a crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport on Saturday. Pic/PTI
The flight was en route from Dubai and had been circling the airport for up to two hours after an initial aborted landing attempt, according to Russian news reports. There were high winds in the area at the time. The plane was coming in for a second attempt to land at 3 am when it plunged to the ground and burst into flames. The crash occurred inside the airport’s perimetre, about 250 metres short of the runway.
According to Flydubai the jet was carrying 55 passengers — 33 women, 18 men, four children — and seven crew members, CNN reported.