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ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 19. /TASS/. A monument to the 62 victims of last March’s Flydubai plane crash in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don will be unveiled on the anniversary of the tragedy Sunday, a spokesperson for the Rostov Region government said.
"The memorial, named the ‘Interrupted Flight,’ is already installed near the city’s airport. Its official opening is to coincide with the anniversary of the tragedy, Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov is expected to attend," the spokesperson said.
The monument, designed by Rostov sculptor Anatoly Sknarin, consists of three granite columns and a vertical stone slab bearing the names of the victims. A sculpture of a bird is installed near the slab as a symbol that unites earth and air.
A FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 on a regular flight from Dubai crashed at Rostov-on-Don’s airport in the early hours on March 19, 2016 during a second attempt to land in complicated weather conditions of strong side wind and rain. The plane spent more than two hours in midair before attempting to land for the second time. None on board survived. Criminal proceedings were instituted into the violation of air transport traffic and operation rules, resulting in the death of two and more persons through negligence.