Main phase of search operation at FlyDubai plane crash site in Russia over

Sputnik, Saturday 19 Mar 2016

FlyDubai Boeing Crashes in Russia (Reuters)

The "main phase" of the search operation at the scene of the FlyDubai plane crash near Russia's southern city of Rostov-on-Don has been finished, the Russian emergencies minister said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 plane coming from Dubai crashed while attempting a landing amid poor weather conditions at the Rostov-on-Don Airport (ROV), leaving no survivors from those 62 people aboard.

"The main phase of search operation is finished. But I have set a task to explore the crash site for a second time, thoroughly by 24:00 Moscow time [21:00 GMT]," Vladimir Puchkov said.

He added that the emergency response groups would assist specialists from the Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC or MAK), as well as from Russia's Investigative Committee in investigation into the crash starting from 24:00 local time, however the search operation is expected to end at 09:00 a.m. on Sunday.

According to Puchkov, all the victims' bodies and their parts have already been collected and sent to the specialists for a forensic analysis.

Investigators earlier found the crashed plane's first and second flight data recorders, and its first voice recorder.

The Investigative Committee presented three versions of the cause of the tragedy: a technical fault, severe weather conditions and human error.

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