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On March 19, 2016, a Boeing 737-800 flown by Flydubai and designated as Flight FZ981 was en route from Dubai when it impacted airport terrain during a second approach attempt in bad weather to Rostov-On-Don Airport in Southern Russia. The plane was destroyed. Fifty-five passengers and seven crew lost their lives.
On March 18, Flight 981 left Dubai at 18:37. The crew was performing a manual approach to runway 22 with the autopilot disconnected during poor weather.
At 01:42 local time, the flight received a windshear alert. The crew decided to go around and then continued to a holding pattern waiting for improved weather conditions. At 03:28 LT, they descended for another attempted manual approach, and decided to go around again. In the course of that go around,
the crew encountered issues and came down.
The captain was 38-year-old Aristos Sokratous of Cyprus, and he had 5,965 hours of total flying time. Due to fatigue and lifestyle conflicts with FlyDubai, he had accepting but not begun a job with Ryanair, which would allow him to be based with his family in Cyprus. First officer, Alejandro Cruz was was Spanish, 37 years old, and had 5,769 hours of flying time.