55 killed in tragic plane crash in Russia

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A passenger jet has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing all 55 passengers and seven crew on board, officials say.

The FlyDubai Boeing 737-800, coming from Dubai, missed the runway as it attempted to land at 03:50 local time (00:50 GMT) on Saturday, the BBC reports.

It is not clear what caused the plane crash but poor visibility and high winds are being considered as a factor.

CCTV footage showed an explosion and a huge flash after the plane crashed.

Reports say the plane abandoned its initial attempt to land and circled for two hours before crashing at the second attempt.

Most of the passengers on board flight FZ981 were Russian, the regional governor said.  Six of the crew were non-Russians.

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