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GCAA says too early to determine cause of Flydubai crash

GCAA director-general says before the data is fully examined, it would be premature to speculate on the cause of the accident

GCAA says too early to determine cause of Flydubai crash
Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director-General. (ITP Images)

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has said it’s too early to determine the cause of the Flydubai crash on March 19, which killed all 62 people on board as it attempted to land in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

GCAA said the investigations into the cause of the Flydubai crash are still ongoing, which includes examining the collected data related to the crew, aircraft, maintenance, ATC and weather, as well as the aircraft wreckage of the crashed flydubai Boeing 737-800, according to news agency WAM.

“Before the data is fully examined, it would be premature to hypothesise on the cause of the accident,” Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director-General said.

“There has been speculation as to the cause of the accident, and also that reference to supposed details of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder, CVR, recording have appeared in the media. In this regard the GCAA would urge respect for the feelings of the relatives of the victims and the integrity of the investigation process. Speculation serves no purpose and can only result in needless anxiety and concern," he added.

The GCAA Director-General explained that all of the CVR data, which covers the final two hours of the accident flight, has been downloaded and part of which has been transcribed into both English and Russian. He said the quality of the recorded speech and sounds were found to be satisfactory.

Examination of the CVR data by experts has been ongoing for the past five days, and analysis of the data requires the use of advanced software, he added.

Ismaeil Al Hosani, assistant director-general of the Air Accident Investigation sector, said, "Examination and transcription of the CVR is detailed and time-consuming work which is carried out very carefully including a word-by-word analysis of all speech and communications of the flightcrew, and also analysis of sounds heard in the cockpit. The analysed contents of the CVR and FDR will be examined later, in context with the results of other parts of the investigation, to form an overall view of events contributing to the accident.”

The GCAA said it will continue to post updates on the progress of the investigation.

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