The United Arab Emirates based budget carrier has confirmed all 62 people on board the plane perished after the Boeing 737-800 went down close to the city's airport in the early hours of Saturday morning, plummeting 3,000 feet in just 15 seconds.
Flydubai flight FZ981 had travelled from Dubai in the UAE to Rostov-on-Don, with 55 passengers and seven crew members aboard. Eighteen men, 33 women and four children were travelling on the plane, the airline confirmed.
Flydubai flight FZ981 has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing all 62 passengers and crew on board. The flight was en route from Dubai and crashed during its second landing approach amid poor weather conditions.
Air-traffic control and local emergency services confirmed that the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near the runway during a second approach in conditions of poor visibility.
"According to preliminary data, the Boeing 738 crashed in poor visibility conditions, some 50-100 meters left of the runway," the source said.
A video recorded at the crash site reveals the Boeing-737-800 disintegrated on impact. Tiny pieces of the aircraft are scattered over a large part of the runway at Rostov-on-Don's airport.
An eyewitness, Arina Kozlova, who was driving near Rostov-on-Don Airport at the time of the crash, said the blaze from the explosion was so bright it was like having dawn in the middle of the night.
CCTV camera footage posted on YouTube claims to have captured the moment of the explosion as the aircraft impacted the ground. However, its authenticity could not be immediately verified.