Date
24 May 2017
A woman cries amid flowers offered in memory of the crash victims outside the airport of Rostov-On-Don in Russia on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
A woman cries amid flowers offered in memory of the crash victims outside the airport of Rostov-On-Don in Russia on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Russia begins probe into FlyDubai jetliner crash

Aviation investigators started looking into the crash of a FlyDubai jetliner that killed all 62 people on board in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don on Saturday.

Probers said the black boxes of the Boeing 737-800 plane, operated by Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai, were recovered but suffered damage, the Wall Street Journal reported.

They wanted to know why Flight FZ981 circled for about two hours after abandoning a first landing, and why it decided to attempt another landing in windy conditions instead of going to another airfield, the newspaper said.

Data retrieved from the plane’s twin recorders or details of radio communication with air traffic controllers may provide details, while the recorded conversation between the two pilots could also help establish the sequence of events.

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee is leading the probe and is working with specialists from the United Arab Emirates and France.

Representatives from the United Arab Emirates also arrived in Russia to assist in the investigation.

The committee said technicians were repairing the data cable of the cockpit recorder, which had been badly damaged.

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