Dubai gives nationalities of Russian plane crash victims

AP , Saturday 19 Mar 2016

A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employee, left, tries to comfort a relative of the plane crash victims at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers (600 miles) south of Moscow, Russia Saturday, March 19, 2016 (AP)

The Dubai Media Office says those killed in the crash of the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia include 44 Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one person from Uzbekistan.

The media office offered condolences on behalf of the entire United Arab Emirates for those who lost loved ones.

On Twitter, the office says the entire UAE, a federation of seven emirates, offered "its deepest condolences to the families of the victims & to the Russian government & people."

Seven crew members were also among those killed in the crash at Rostov-on-Don.

The Dubai Media Office works under Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also serves as the UAE's prime minister.

FlyDubai is saying there are no survivors from its plane crash in Russia.

The budget carrier made the announcement in a statement released Saturday morning.

It said: "While we are still awaiting final confirmation, it is with great sadness that we report we believe there are no survivors."

It says of the 55 passengers on board, 33 were women, 18 men and four children. There were seven crew members at the time of the crash in Rostov-on-Don.

The airline's CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said in a statement: "Our primary concern is for the families of the passengers and crew who were on board. Everyone at FlyDubai is in deep shock and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those involved."

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