Flydubai reveals nationality of deceased passengers

KUWAIT, March 19 (KUNA) — The UAE airways, Flydubai, which confirmed on Saturday losing one of its aircraft on a flight from Dubai to southern Russian city Rostov-on-Don, revealed later today nationalities of all of deceased passengers.
The company said in its freshly-released statement, “Following our earlier statements more information is now available relating to Flydubai flight FZ981.
Flydubai very much regrets to confirm that the accident involving flight number FZ981 at Rostov-on-Don earlier today has resulted in 55 passenger fatalities including 33 women, 18 men and four children. The nationalities of the deceased passengers include 44 Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one Uzbek citizen.
We are currently contacting relatives of the passengers and crew who were on board and we are offering any help we can to those affected.” The statement quoted Flydubai Chief Executive Officer Ghaith Al Ghaith as saying, “At this stage the focus of our efforts is on establishing the facts around the incident and providing all possible support to the authorities. Our emergency response teams are now en-route to Rostov-on-Don.” The aircraft involved was a Next-Generation Boeing 737-800.
Earlier, the low-cost company said in a statement posted on its website, “Flydubai regrets to confirm that flight FZ981 crashed on landing and that fatalities have been confirmed as a result of this tragic accident. The aircraft departed from Dubai International (DXB) at 18:20 GMT bound for Rostov on Don (ROV). The accident occurred in Rostov on Don at approximately 00:50 GMT.
We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible. At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft. We will do everything we can to help those who have been affected by this accident.
We are putting our emergency response in place and we will be working closely with all the authorities involved. We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.” (end) rk