The pilot and co-pilot of the fateful flydubai flight FZ981 both left behind wives who are expecting children.
Captain Aristos Sokratous, recently married, was expecting a son with his wife and was just days away from starting a new life back home in Cyprus.
The wife of Alejandro Cruz Alava, the plane’s co-pilot, is expecting twins.
The ill-fated flight was expected to be one of 38-year-old Sokratous’ final flights with the airline, as he was planning to return to live in his native Cyprus with his wife as they awaited the birth of their son. The flydubai plane crashed early on Saturday morning on approach in Rostov-on-Don, killing 62 people, including seven crew.
“We have all gone mad,” said Sokratous’ friend, Andreas Christodoulou, to star.gr, a Greek website. “Aristos was the best child, I can not believe, it my phone does not stop ringing. We are all frozen by what happened.”