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Relatives of 51 victims in Boeing undergo DNA tests

March 21, 2016, 8:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 21. /TASS/. Relatives of 51 victims in the crash of Boeing in Rostov-on-Don give blood samples for DNA analysis, the emergencies committee told TASS on Monday.

The procedure of taking samples began on Sunday, March 20.

"Blood samples were taken from 53 relatives of 51 victims," the source said, adding the procedure will continue on Monday.

On March 19, at 3:42 a.m. Moscow time (0:42 a.m. UTC), FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 crashed at Rostov-on-Don’s airport during a second attempt to land in complicated weather conditions (strong side wind and rain). The plane served regular Flight FZ 981 from Dubai. The passenger jet with capacity for 189 passengers had 62 people aboard, including the crew. None has survived.

The investigation looks into several leads: a pilot error, a technical malfunction, bad weather conditions, and others.

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