Flydubai CEO Says Too Early to Say What Caused Crash in Russia

A Flydubai plane is pictured at the Dubai Airshow in this November 8, 2015 file photo. Dubai-based airline Flydubai said on March 19, that it was investigating an "incident" regarding one of its flights to southern Russia, which was reported to have crashed killing all passengers aboard. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah/Files

DUBAI, March 19 – It is too early to say what caused a Flydubai plane to crash in Russia on Saturday but Russia and the company are investigating the incident, Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said at a news conference in Dubai.

“We will have information about the circumstances of the incident and the black box in the future, and an investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Russian authorities and we are waiting to see the results,” Ghaith said.

“There was no distress call (issued) from the pilot,” he added.

All 62 people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport on Saturday, Russian officials said.

The Investigative Committee of Russia said on Saturday that it is looking into a pilot error or a technical failure as the most likely causes for the plane crash that killed 62 in southern Russia, Russian news agencies reported.

“At present, we are looking into two main theories for the plane crash in Rostov-on-Don: pilot error in connection with deteriorating weather conditions or a technical error,” Interfax news agency cited a representative of the Committee, Oksana Kovrizhnaya, as saying.


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