By Staff writer
General Civil Aviation Authority says EK521 plunged from 85ft onto runway, slid 800m before fire started
The air accident investigation sector of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Tuesday issued a preliminary report on the accident involving Emirates flight EK521 which crashed at Dubai International Airport last month.
The Boeing 777-300 aircraft departed Trivandrum International Airport, India, on August 3 and was destroyed following impact with the runway and subsequent fire, the report said.
The report stated that following an attempted go-around, the aircraft sank from a height of approximately 85 feet back onto the runway and slid along the runway for approximately 800 metres before coming to rest.
All of the 300 passengers and crew evacuated the aircraft safely before a fire consumed the cabin, it added.
The preliminary report contains only factual information related to the accident and contains no analysis, or conclusions which will be included in the final report, although no date was given by the GCAA for its publication.
Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, said: "During the course of rescue and firefighting, an explosion occurred which resulted in the tragic death of a firefighter. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased firefighter and at the same time we hope that the grief of the firefighter's family is made more bearable by the knowledge that his courageous behavior helped to ensure the survival of all of the people onboard the flight."
Ismaeil Al Hosani, assistant director general of the AAIS, added: "The investigation team is continuing to examine the aircraft and flight data. Analysis of the data extracted from the flight recorders is ongoing to determine the aircraft and systems technical performance and crew control inputs and performance.
"In-depth analysis will be carried out to examine the operator's policies and procedures for such flight conditions."