FlyDubai releases passenger manifest, confirming 62 dead

[Peter Paul Media] — FlyDubai released flight 981’s full passenger manifest on Tuesday while confirming that a family assistance centre was open to provide information and support to family members after the tragic crash. In an email to Peter Paul Media, the airline said all families members of the 62 people that perished had been notified.

The Boeing 737-800 was pulverized when it hit the ground on final approach to Rostov On Don airport on Saturday during its second attempt at landing, killing all on board. It was raining and windy at the time of the crash, the cause of which was undetermined at press time.

“FlyDubai would like to express once again its deepest sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy,” FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said in the statement.

“The families of all those who have been affected by flight FZ981 remain our top priority. We would also like to express our gratitude for the work,” he added.

The passenger manifest shows that the passengers were primarily from Russia and Ukraine. There were 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians, 2 Indians and 1 Uzbekistani on board the plane.

Captain Aristos Sokratous was from Cyprus while First Officer Alejandro Alava Cruz hailed from Spain. The cabin crew members were identified as follows:

  • Javier Curbelo Caro, Senior Flight Attendant, from Spain.
  • Maxim Aydrus, cabin crew, from Russia.
  • Alex Confait, cabin crew, from Seychelles.
  • Laura De La Cruz Roca, cabin crew, from Columbia.
  • Zhyldyz Nasirdinova, cabin crew, from Kyrgyzstan.

Officials urged bereaved family members to call the following phone numbers or visit the assistance centre in Rostov On Don to obtain more information about their loved ones.

  • From inside Russia (toll free): 8 800 333 42 12
  • From outside Russia: +44 20 3450 8853 or +971 4 293 4100

Rostov On Don airport reopened on Monday after restoration work was carried out to repair damage caused by the crash.