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Boeing that crashed in Rostov-on-Don was in good order at time of departure — IAC

March 29, 17:16 UTC+3
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, killing all 62 people onboard
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MOSCOW, March 29. /TASS/. The Boeing airliner that crashed at Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia was in good order at the time of departure, the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Based on the preliminary analysis of information from the flight recorders, no failures of any aircraft systems and components or powerplant have been revealed by now. The aircraft had a valid airworthiness certificate, it underwent all the necessary technical maintenance and was in good order at the time of departure", the statement says.

IAC said that it continued a detailed analysis of the data with the aim of revealing all the facts of the aircraft exploitation.

"The [crash probe] commission plans to conduct the necessary analysis of the preserved units and elements of the plane’s steering system," IAC said.

The IAC laboratory is currently engaged in the preparation of data for mathematical modelling and simulating the plane’s flight path with the accident’s audiovisual reconstruction.

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 onboard, including the crew. None survived. The investigation looks into several versions of the air crash: a pilot error, a technical malfunction, bad weather conditions and others.

A criminal case has been opened over the airliner’s crash under Article 263, part 3 of the Russian Criminal Code (violation of the air transport traffic and operation rules resulting in the death of two and more persons).

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