Two Indians killed in Russia plane crash identified as couple from Kerala

Kochi: Two Indians who were killed in a plane crash in Russia early on Saturday belong to Kerala, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said.

“According to information we received here, the two belonged to Vengola village in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. Further details are awaited,” Chennithala told PTI.


Meanwhile, police sources said Shyam Mohan and his wife Anju left for Russia yesterday after spending two-month long vacation with their relatives in Vengola. They were professionals working in an Ayurvedic resort in Russia, they said.

Earlier, External Affairs Ministry had said two Indians are among 62 people killed after a Dubai airliner crashed and caught fire early today while landing in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

The names of the Indians in the list put out by Russian authorities are: Anju Kathirvel Aiyappan and Mohan Shyam, the Ministry said.

Flydubai Boeing 737 was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed and leaving debris scattered across a wide area.

There were 55 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time of the crash. Russian investigators confirmed that all 62 people on board were killed.

Other passengers killed in the accident include 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainian and one from Uzbekistan.

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