Sunday 22 April 2018

FlyDubai plane crash: Investigation hindered by damaged black boxes

The wreckage of the crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport, Russia (AP)
The wreckage of the crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport, Russia (AP)

An aviation official has said it will be very difficult to extract data from a FlyDubai plane that crashed in southern Russia, hampering the investigation into the tragedy that killed all 62 people aboard.

Sergei Zaiko, deputy chairman of Russia's Inter-State Aviation Committee which is investigating the early Saturday crash, raised doubts on Monday about the plane's black boxes.

He told Russian state television that the black boxes from the Boeing 737-800 were damaged to the point that the experts could not immediately read the data.

He said, however, that they have copied data from the data recorder and have yet to do that for the voice recorder. Once it is done, the experts will see if they can extract the data, he said.

"In favourable circumstances, we will get preliminary results in a month," Mr Zaiko said.

The plane nosedived and exploded in a fireball before dawn on Saturday on the runway of the Rostov-on-Don airport after trying to land for a second time in strong winds.

Flights to Rostov-on-Don resumed on Monday morning after intensive work to remove the wreckage of the plane and repair damage to the runway from the crash, which left a large crater.

The cause of the crash is not known but several planes had trouble landing at the airport due to strong winds at the time of the crash.

Most of the passengers were Russian holidaymakers.

Press Association

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