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New video footage of doomed Flydubai flight FZ981 appears to show plane on fire BEFORE it hit the ground

  • Flydubai flight FZ981 was attempting a second landing at Rostov-on-Don in Russia when it crashed near the runway
  • Four children, 33 women and 18 men were passengers with majority of people from Russia, along with seven crew
  • New CCTV footage released by Russian TV networks appears to show the aircraft on fire before it hits the ground
  • Air crash investigators have already secured both black boxes which may help answer why the jet crashed   

New footage of the moments before the fatal crash of Flydubai FZ981 seems to show that the doomed plane was on fire before it hit the ground.

The shocking video has been broadcast by Russia’s Life News and posted tonight on YouTube.

It clearly shows a fast-moving object, said to be the stricken passenger jet, plummeting to earth and already engulfed in flames prior to hitting the runway at Rostov-on-Don airport.

All 62 people on board were killed in the crash which happened at 3.50am local time when it was still pitch black.


Flight FZ981, run by budget carrier Flydubai, was en route from Dubai carrying 55 passengers and seven crew. Four children were among the dead.

The airliner crashed when trying to land a second time during bad weather and went into a dive.

Both black boxes have been retrieved and have been sent to Moscow for analysis.

Flydubai has promised to carry out a swift investigation into what happened and has pledged: ‘We will do everything we can to help those affected in this accident.’

The authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have set up a commission of inquiry and appointed a team of 50 people to investigate.

The lack of visibility caused by dense fog, heavy rain and strong wind could be the causes of the accident. A possible terrorist attack has been ruled out.

Although aviation experts on the Professional Pilots Rumour Network have suggested the ‘fire’ is more than likely the aircraft’s landing lights which would have been on at the time of the disaster.

The latest statement from Flydubai said: ‘At present, our priority is to identify and contact the families of those lost in today’s tragic accident and provide immediate support to those affected. Flydubai will additionally



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