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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