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Flight recorder from crashed FlyDubai jet opened, records quality good - IAC

March 20, 22:26 UTC+3
"The flight data recorder has been opened. The damaged cable has been mended, the memory module has been studies. The data have been copied", said the chief of the Interstate Aviation Committe
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MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. A flight recorder from the FlyDubai passenger jet that crashed on March 19 in Russia’s southern city of Rostov-on-Don killing 62 has been opened, with records found to be of good quality, Sergei Zaiko, the chief of the Interstate Aviation Committee, said on Sunday.

"The flight data recorder has been opened. The damaged cable has been mended, the memory module has been studies. The data have been copied. The quality of records is good. The flight recorder was on until the plane hit the ground," he told the FM radio station.

"So, we have the records of this flight. As for the voice recorder, it was also seriously damaged, its cable was destroyed, so, efforts are now being taken to restore it. The works will be resumed tomorrow morning," he said.

A FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 crashed at Rostov-on-Don’s airport in the small hours on March 19 during a second attempt to land in complicated weather conditions of strong side wind and rain. The plane served regular Flight FZ 981 from Dubai. The passenger jet capable of carrying 189 passengers had 62 people aboard, including the crew. None has survived.

The investigation looks into several leads: a pilot error, a technical malfunction, bad weather conditions, and others.

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