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One flight recorder found at plane crash site in southern Russia — investigators

March 19, 11:01 UTC+3
According to investigators, the plane could have crashed due to a piloting error due to bad weather conditions or a technical disorder
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At the crash site
© Rostov Region Emergencies Ministry press service/TASS
At the crash site
© Rostov Region Emergencies Ministry press service/TASS
At the crash site
© Rostov Region Emergencies Ministry press service/TASS

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. One of the flight recorders of the plane that crashed on Saturday morning in Russia's southern Rostov-on-Don has been found, spokesman for the Russian Investigative Commitee Vladimir Markin has confirmed.

"By now, one recorder was found - the speech recorder. Investigators and experts are studying its conditions. Searches for the other recorder are under way," he said.

The Investigative Committee is also contacting representatives of the FlyDubai Company for probe into the Boeing crash in southern Russia's Rostov-on-Don.

"The investigators are establishing contacts with FlyDubai, and their representatives soon will arrive in Rostov-on-Don," Markin said.

The investigators "are studying documents and actions of the airport's services," he added.

It was earlier reported that investigators have two possible versians of what caused the plane crash. According to them, the plane could have crashed due to a piloting error due to bad weather conditions or a technical disorder.

On Saturday morning, at 3:42 Moscow time, FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 crashed at the airport in Russia’s southern Rostov-on-Don during the second circle on landing in complicated weather conditions (strong side wind and rain). The plane was serving a flight from Dubai. It was carrying 62 people. The preliminary information is that nobody survived the crash. Russia's president and prime minister have offered their condolences to the families of the victims.

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