By Sarah Townsend
Airline marks anniversary of tragedy with memorials in Dubai and Rostov-on-Don
Low-cost carrier flyDubai has said it is still awaiting the conclusion of an ongoing investigation into flight FZ981, which crashed in Russia last year killing all 62 passengers and crew on board.
One year on from the fatal crash in Rostov-on-Don, flyDubai said in an emailed statement to Arabian Business: “flyDubai continues to support the investigation in continued efforts to identify the cause of the accident through its accredited representative, the GCAA [the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority].
“The International Standards And Recommended Practices in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13, governing this ongoing investigation, specifically prohibits us from discussing any circumstances that could have led to the tragic accident involving FZ981.”
Crash investigations can take up to two years to complete, according to experts.
The Boeing 737 came down in poor weather after an aborted landing in Rostov-on-Don on March 19 2016.
In memory of the passengers and crew members who lost their lives on flight FZ981, flyDubai joined memorials held in Rostov-on-Don and Dubai.
A monument to victims of the crash was unveiled on on Sunday, situated close to Rostov-on-Don airport and named the Interrupted Flight.
The monument was designed by Russian sculptor Anatolly Sknarin and consists of three granite columns and a vertical stone slab bearing the names of the victims. A sculpture of a bird has been erected near the slab as a symbol uniting the earth and air.
flyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “Today offers a poignant reminder of the tragic loss of flight FZ981. Our hearts go out to the families of the passengers and crew members who are mourning loved ones.
“At this time of reflection, we hope the memorials offer a degree of comfort to the families who continue to grieve. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the officials and authorities in Rostov-On-Don and my colleagues at flydubai who have made these memorials possible.”