ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA - Countless families are in mourning today after a plane crash in Russia killed all 62 people on board. Officials believe severe weather played a role.
Surveillance video shows what is believed to be the moment of impact at the airport in Rostov-On-Don, Russia, near the Black Sea and the border with Ukraine. Debris scattered across the runway is all that remains.
FlyDubai flight FZ 981 departed from the United Arab Emirates, and the company posted news of the crash on their Facebook page, including condolences to the victims' families from the CEO. Ghaith Al Ghaith said, "Our thoughts and prayers with those on board and their loved ones and family."
The pilot aborted the first attempt to land the plane because of high winds and poor visibility. Radar shows the plane circling the airport several times before making another try. It was the second attempt to land that ended in disaster. The pilot faced 60mph winds along with wet, snowy conditions when the plane crashed.
Russian officials are investigating the crash and FlyDubai says both flight recorders have been recovered from the wreckage. Authorities are now trying to determine if technical issues or human error may have also been factors.
According to FlyDubai's Facebook page, the passengers were mostly Russian and Ukrainian. The airline's CEO says the company is in the process of contacting families, and he is pledging its support. Al Ghaith added, "We are doing everything we can to help those who have been affected."
It is a tragedy affecting an untold number of of families, as their journey through grief is only getting off the ground.