By Sarah Townsend
Interstate Aviation Committee interim report urges better training for pilots on aborting landings
FlyDubai last night insisted it had followed all aviation industry safety standards, as it responded to the interim report of the fatal crash involving flight FZ981 at Rostov-on-Don in Russia last month.
The report by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) sets out the reasons behind the accident on March 19, which caused the plane to hit the runway about 120 metres short at a speed of over 600 kilometres per hour, the report said.
It proposed five safety recommendations: informing flight and maintenance personnel operating Boeing В737-800 airplanes on [the causes of] the accident; providing additional training for pilots on ‘go-arounds’ (aborted landings) from various heights and in various weather conditions – including studying the possibility of introducing this into the ‘fitness-for-service’ (FFS) assessment programmes; further study and analysis of previous, similar accidents, and analysing the suitability of existing recommendations developed by the international BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses pour la Sécurité de l'Aviation), and taking further measures accordingly.
The IAC said that the information in the interim report on FZ981 is preliminary and subject to clarification and amendment based on pertinent examinations. The investigation will be completed with a final report, it said.
On Wednesday night FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “FlyDubai welcomes the publication today of the Interim Report (Preliminary Reference Information) on Accident Investigation by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC).
“We would also like to thank the investigating authorities for their continued commitment to investigate this tragic accident.
“With regard to the five initial flight safety recommendations FlyDubai has, as part of the ongoing communications within our emergency response plan, continued to update our crew and engineers with the information published by the IAC.
“With regard to the recommendations 2 and 3, these same procedures for go-around and flight simulator training have been in place since the airline was launched in 2009 and form part of standard operating procedures in line with industry best-practice.
“In relation to the fourth and fifth recommendation, as standard practice we review safety recommendations in the industry.
“FlyDubai is audited by the regulator and meets the highest safety, operating and training standards.”