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Passenger Plane Crashes While Landing in Russia's Rostov

A Boeing 737-800 aircraft belonging to the United Arab Emirates-based company FlyDubai crashed in the airport of Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, the Meduza news agency reported early Saturday.

The airplane, traveling to Rostov from Dubai, disappeared from radars at 3:41 a.m. on Saturday. It was carrying 55 passengers and 7 crew members.

According to preliminary reports from the crash site, the plane's wing caught on the runway during the second landing attempt in adverse weather conditions. The plane exploded and broke apart entirely, killing all 62 people on board, Meduza reported.

Other flights have been diverted from the airport.

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