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Crashed Boeing pilot says to flight controller he intends to make go-around

November 20, 2013, 14:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The last word of the pilot before the air crash was the word ‘circle’
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MOSCOW, November 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The pilot from Boeing jet that crashed in the city of Kazan said to the flight controller before the air crash that he intended to make a go-around, spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

In his words, the detectives are examining records confiscated from the CCTV cameras and talks between the crew and the flight traffic control centre.

“The content of these talks shows that in general they were routine until the pilot said that the airplane had not been in the suitable position for landing, so the flying vector did not fit the runway threshold and a go-around manoeuvre. The last word of the pilot before the air crash was the word ‘circle’, which he said before the command from the flight controllers to gain an altitude of 500 metres and fly the circle at a proper altitude for the second approach to landing,” Markin said.

Boeing 737 crash

Infographics Scheme of landing in Kazan airport Scheme of landing in Kazan airport
Illustration of Kazan airport, scheme detailing landing in the airport. ITAR-TASS Infographics
The Boeing 737 operated by the regional airline Tatarstan lost altitude and hit the runway at 19:26 Moscow time (15:26 GMT) in the final moments of a flight from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. The crew was making a second attempt to land after a go-around.

The jet’s fuel tanks exploded upon impact, thus causing fire that was extinguished fairly quickly. A total of 29 residents of Tatarstan died. Two passengers were from Mari El, in eastern Russia, and two people were from Udmurtia. The others were from the Kirov, Kemerovo, Tyumen, Ryazan, Lipetsk and Chelyabinsk regions. Other two passengers lived in Dagestan and Moscow. Two foreigners - a British passport-holder and an Ukrainian citizen - died in the air crash. Five crewmembers were residents of Kazan and a flight attendant was from the Moscow region.



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