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Foreign Minister extends condolences to Russia

06 May 2019, MVT 19:45
MALDIVES - EUROPEAN UNION TALKS / KURUMBA / FOREIGN MINISTRY / ABDULLA SHAHID
06 May 2019, MVT 19:45

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid has extended his condolences to Russia on behalf of the Maldivian people.

In his tweet, Foreign Minister Shahid said, "Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the tragic plane crash in Russia which has led to loss of numerous lives and injury to many."

"The Government of Maldives stands with the Govt and the people of Russia during this hour of grief’, he added.

A Russian passenger plane that erupted in a ball of fire on the runway of Moscow's busiest airport, killed a total of 41 people Sunday evening.

According to authorities, aside from the dead, nine people were in hospital, three seriously injured.

The jet, carrying 73 passengers and five crew members, took off from Sheremetyevo at 1820 and the crew issued a distress signal shortly afterwards, officials said.

According to the pilot, it was lightning that had led to an emergency landing. Since, the aircraft's black boxes have been found and handed over to investigators, a source in the Russian emergency services told news agencies.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered a special committee to investigate the disaster.

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