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World leaders send their condolences in wake of Boeing crash in Russia

March 19, 16:53 UTC+3
On Saturday at 3:42 MSK, Boeing 737-800 of FlyDubai Airlines crashed at the airport of Rostov-on-Don during landing in difficult weather conditions (strong side wind and rain)
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MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. World leaders have sent their condolences in the wake of the Boeing crash in Russia’s Rostov region.

President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a cable, has extended condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the victims of the FlyDubai plane crash which took place early morning while it was attempting to land at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Russia, WAM news agency reported.

In the cable, Sheikh Khalifa expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy to the Russian president, the friendly people of Russia and the families of the tragic accident, the news agency reported. Similar messages were sent by Prime Minister of UAE Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of China sent a telegram to Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressing condolences on the tragic death of 62 people in the plane crash, Xinhua News Agency reported.

"We express our deep sorrow for all the victims who were onboard the aircraft and sincere condolences to the families and friends of victims of the crash," - the message said.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sent his telegram of condolence to the Russian authorities.

The US Embassy in Russia also expressed its condolences in the wake of the air crash on Rostov-on-Don.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and loved ones of the victims of the FlyDubai crash Rostov," - Will Stevens, spokesperson for US Embassy in Russia wrote in his Twitter.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on behalf of Belarusian people and personally expressed his deepest condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian people, relatives and friends of the people killed in the plane crash in Rostov-on-Don.

"The news about the crash of the Boeing 737-800 airliner during landing at the airport of Rostov-on-Don and caused human losses, echoed with pain in the hearts of Belarusians," - the presidential press service reported.

"I am deeply saddened by the news of numerous casualties in the crash of Boeing 737-800 passenger airliner at the airport of Rostov-on-Don," - President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in his telegram to the Russian authorities. He also sent his condolences to families and friends of the people killed in the crash and all Russian people.

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev with "a deep sorrow" took the news about the tragedy at the airport in Rostov-on-Don.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev expressed condolences over the plane crash, which resulted in human casualties, the press service of the Kyrgyz President reported.

"The head of state sent deep condolences and sincere sympathy to the families and friends of those killed in this tragedy," - according to the statement.

On Saturday at 3:42 MSK, Boeing 737-800 of FlyDubai Airlines (flight 981 FZ from Dubai) crashed at the airport of Rostov-on-Don during landing in difficult weather conditions (strong side wind and rain). There were 62 people on board. According to preliminary data, no one survived. March 20 has been declared the Day of Mourning in the Rostov region.

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