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Wreckage of the crashed Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, is seen at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia

'Inhuman Screams': The Final Seconds of Doomed FlyDubai Flight Revealed

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The FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 that crashed on March 19 at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport reportedly nosedived right after autopilot was disabled. The cockpit voice recorder captured blood curdling screams as the plane went down, Russian television has reported.

Analysis of the final exchanges between the pilots of the crashed FlyDubai plane, a minute before the Boeing collided with ground, helped to re-create the situation that likely led to the tragedy, Rossiya 1 TV reported, citing a source in the commission set up to investigate the crash.

After the plane's captain decided to attempt a second attempt at landing, the Boeing reached an altitude of 1500 meters.

"Ascent continues automatically for 40 seconds," the source reportedly said. "For unknown reasons, the captain disengaged autopilot before the plane reached that height. Maybe the plane ran into ‘atmospheric scissors' (pilot slang), which could severely shake it. And the moment the autopilot was cut off, the Boeing dives to the ground."

According to the transcripts, one pilot told the other, "Don't worry, pull!" Reporters cited experts who believe that, after the autopilot disconnected, the captain attempted to level the plane, but for some reason the vertical stabilizer was turned on after the nosedive. It is possible that, during turbulence, the captain accidentally pressed the thumb controller as he was cutting off autopilot. He likely didn't notice it because he was extremely exhausted. As a result, he couldn't navigate the plane, and the pilots were unable to determine the problem.

According to the source, in the last six seconds before the crash, "inhuman screams" could be heard in the cabin.

On Saturday, the plane with 55 passengers and 7 crew members on board crashed while attempting to land at Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia, en route from Dubai. Nobody survived the crash, which occurred during conditions of poor visibility.

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  • This madness must all stop. Immediately.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply to(Show commentHide comment)
    What 'madness' ?
  • Selectric Typeball
    Is there an attached audio file of the passenger screams?
  • blackfish
    Respect the dead. Let them rest in peace.
  • cast235
    Ir doesn't take an expert to analyze the final tape. When the plane was diving. That's cearly seen at the video taken.
    One thing I ask myself, in that video you clearly see the plane was in flames diving. Like one engine was in flames.
    I saw the video and asked, are they blind? That plane IS in flames well before the explosion. And the flames are moving down.
    Hydraulic pressure lost?
    I can fly planes. But maybe I'm wrong. Hopefully.
  • cast235in reply toSelectric Typeball(Show commentHide comment)
    Selectric Typeball, Cabin and passenger areas have recorders. Better explained both are recorded.
  • dan sheppard
    There has been in recent years 2 other similar incidents of which passenger aircraft have suddenly inclined in altitude before dropping down towards the runway, but out of the 3, the 2 that did not make it were in Russia and at night time.

    Tartasan airlines did the exact same thing as flydubai did last week, nose diving into the runway, but with the Norwegian Air Shuttle incident, the captain disengaged the autopilot just as the captain of flydubai did, but managed to pull out of the dive and recovered from the inicident.
    I find something suspicious of why the two incidents that did not make it where in Russia flown by different airliners. I still believe that flydubai lost all control in rear control surfaces by a manpad missile hit to the tail disabling hydraulics/actuators (the PCU)... in both footage of flydubai and tartasan, footage shows mysterious glowing in the rear of both aircraft
  • michael
    I wonder if any of this will be clarified in the final report?
  • Selectric Typeballin reply toblackfish(Show commentHide comment)
    blackfish,
    You can stick to your G-rated children's movies.
    Others want to hear all the blood and gore.
    There is something for social scientists to learn from this.
  • Dan
    What the hell does "inhuman scream" mean ? Can anyone explain.
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