Russia’s civil aviation authority issued its first report on Friday on last month’s crash of a FlyDubai plane in south-west Russia, providing insight into the event that killed all 62 people on board.
The interim report, prepared by Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee, said the plane’s sudden descent occurred directly after pilots tried to climb out of a second aborted landing attempt. No conclusions were drawn by investigators as to the cause of flight FZ981’s crash.
Reacting to the report, FlyDubai chief executive Ghaith Al Ghaith said the airline shared a “desire to get conclusive findings as quickly as possible”.
“We are aware of the information that has been released,” he said. “We continue to support the investigating authorities in liaison with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).”
Strong winds and rain on March 19 at Rostov-on-Don airport, located about 950 kilometres south of Moscow, caused the crew to make several attempts to land the aircraft.
A preliminary analysis of the data retrieved from the Boeing 737-800’s flight recorders revealed the plane was attempting to land manually, without the autopilot.
While approaching at a height of 340 metres, the pilots called off the landing because of windshear, an abrupt change in windspeed and direction.
The report said the crew decided to wait for weather conditions to improve before making another landing attempt.
Courtesy: The National