FlyDubai Pilots Warned Of Wind Shear

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Pilots of a FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 that crashed Saturday morning while landing at the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia were warned of "moderate wind shear" minutes before the accident, according to an ATC tape released later in the day. All 62 people on board died. The jet crashed at a steep angle about 3:50 a.m. local time just off the runway during a second approach to the airport in low visibility and high winds. Weather Underground is reporting that winds were from the west at 34 mph gusting to 50 mph around the time of the crash. Rostov-on-Don Airport has a single 8,202-foot runway (04/22). There were 55 passengers and seven crew on board.

"The plane is broken, debris strewn over the landing strip. A special commission is looking into causes of the incident," an emergency official said in an NBC report. Despite the pulverization of the aircraft, both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered, although they were significantly damaged. It's expected that data will be recovered from both, however. FlyDubai, a low-cost carrier, was established in 2008 by the Government of Dubai. Airline service began in 2009, according to the company's website.

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Data will hopefully become available to analyze what happened. The flying conditions were tough but flyable. Winds hear could indeed be a factor...the high energy impact from a missed approach looks like a loss of control. Sad. Also, why the aircraft did not divert to an alternate should also be analyzed, as they apparently had enough fuel.

Posted by: Mauro Hernandez | March 20, 2016 8:02 AM    Report this comment

The weather was 'flyable'? Reality with respect to weather on the approach just prior to the runway suggests otherwise considering they crashed, reportedly impacting the surface subsequent to a sudden 4,000 FPM descent rate ("micro burst"?).

Of course, it's "early in the game" with respect to the investigation ..... we'll "know" in due course.

Posted by: Robert E. Shlafer | March 21, 2016 9:53 AM    Report this comment

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