No me­chan­i­cal is­sues found be­fore Emi­rates flight crashed

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said yes­ter­day no me­chan­i­cal is­sues af­fected an Emi­rates flight be­fore it crash landed in Dubai and burst into flames last year, as their probe con­tin­ues to look at “hu­man per­for­mance fac­tors” around the in­ci­dent. A re­port by the United Arab Emi­rates’ Gen­eral Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity stopped short of as­sign­ing blame over the Aug. 3, 2016, crash of Flight EK521 com­ing from Thiruvananthapuram, In­dia. The 300 pas­sen­gers and crew on­board the Boe­ing 777-300 es­caped with their lives, though a sub­se­quent ex­plo­sion that en­gulfed the plane killed a fire­fighter on the ground.

The pi­lots of the plane tried to take off again after a brief touch­down and had al­ready be­gun rais­ing the land­ing gear when the air­craft ul­ti­mately hit the ground. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is work­ing to de­ter­mine and an­a­lyze the hu­man per­for­mance fac­tors that in­flu­enced flight crew ac­tions dur­ing the land­ing and at­tempted go-around,” the re­port re­leased yes­ter­day said .

It added: “There were no air­craft sys­tems or en­gine ab­nor­mal­i­ties up to the time of the ac­ci­dent.” The re­port also raised the num­ber of in­jured from the crash to 30, say­ing four cabin crew mem­bers suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries. Pre­vi­ously, author­i­ties said the crash in­jured 24 and only one cabin crew mem­ber suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries. The re­port of­fered no ex­pla­na­tion for the new fig­ures.

The long-haul car­rier Emi­rates, which is based at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port where the crash oc­curred, did not re­spond to ques­tions from The As­so­ci­ated Press. Author­i­ties pre­vi­ously ac­knowl­edged look­ing at wind shear, a sud­den change in wind speed or di­rec­tion, as af­fect­ing the flight. It also was a hu­mid 49 de­grees Cel­sius (120 de­grees Fahren­heit) at the time of the crash. The hot­ter the weather, the harder it can be for en­gines to lift air­planes off the ground, ex­perts say. The crash is the most se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent in Emi­rates’ more than three decades of op­er­a­tions. An­other Dubai gov­ern­ment-owned air­line, dis­count car­rier FlyDubai, suf­fered a March 2016 crash in Ros­tov-on-Don, Rus­sia, that killed all 62 peo­ple aboard one of its 737-800 jet­lin­ers.

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