Russia airport resumes operations after deadly Flydubai crash

By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |  March 21, 2016 at 8:20 AM
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ROSTOV-ON-DON , Russia, March 21 (UPI) -- The airport at Rostov-on-Don, Russia, reopened Monday morning two days after a plane crashed while landing there, killing all 62 aboard.

The airport in southern Russia had been closed since Saturday morning, when Flydubai Flight 981 crashed and burst into flames.

Flights of the Aeroflot subsidiary Donavia Airlines, to St. Petersburg with 82 passengers and to Yerevan with 98 passengers, took off Monday morning.

The news comes one day after Russian officials announced investigators had retrieved the flight data recorders -- the so-called black boxes -- from the Boeing 737-800.

"The recovery is complete," the Russian Emergency Services Ministry said.

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee, leading an investigation, said it is working with specialists from the United Arab Emirates and France to extract memory units used to store data.

The passenger jet was traveling from Dubai when it attempted to land in Rostov-on-Don in conditions of rain, low visibility and strong side winds, crashing on its second attempt at the runway.

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