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Video: Cause of Emirates airline crash revealed

Do you remember when the Emirates flight EK521 coming from the Indian state of Kerala crashed at Dubai International Airport in 2016?

Well, investigations have now revealed the cause of the crash.

So what happened?

Four years ago Flight EK521 carrying  300 passengers and crew onboard, coming from the Indian state of Kerala, crashed at Dubai International Airport.

Nine minutes after the aircraft came to rest, the fuel tank exploded, killing firefighter Jassim Al Baloushi.

The airport was closed for more than five hours as a result of the incident, causing many incoming flights to be diverted until it was reopened later that day.

How did this happen?

On Thursday, the final report from the aviation authority revealed that there was not enough power in the engines of the Boeing 777 to lift the plane again. This caused the jet to crash into the tarmac as the pilots attempted a second landing.

“The flight crew reliance on automation and lack of training in flying go-arounds from close to the runway surface ... significantly affected the flight crew performance in a critical flight situation which was different to that experienced by them during their simulated training flights,” the report said.

Who is to blame?

For starters, the crew did not effectively scan and monitor the primary flight instrumentation parameters during the landing and the attempted go-around.

The blame right now is also on the Air-traffic controllers who failed to warn the pilots that two planes ahead of Flight EK521 had been unable to land because of wind shear.

To be fair, this is not really a blame game. The whole point of investigating this is to understand all contributing factors and ensure appropriate measures are taken by the relevant parties and agencies to prevent a re-occurrence of the incident.

Following the release of the report, Emirates has been urged to enhance pilot training. They have taken the appropriate steps to further enhance its operating procedures based on its own internal investigation.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)