A statement from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, obtained by the Associated Press, said that the plane went down on Saturday morning.
According to The Guardian a spokesman from the local ministry, quoted by the official TASS news agency, said all 61 people on board had died, including 55 passengers and six crew members.
In a message on its Facebook page, FlyDubai acknowledged that there was an incident with one of its planes.
“We are aware of an incident involving our flight FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov On Don. We are investigating.”
TASS – Russia’s biggest news agency – reportedly said that the country’s top investigative agency reported that while the plane was attempting to land it hit the ground, where it broke into pieces.