Investigators attempt to restore FlyDubai cockpit voice recorder

Russian investigators attempt to restore damaged cockpit voice recorder of crashed passenger jet to understand why it had tried to land in strong winds

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A balloon depicting a plane and toys are placed in memory of the victims of the crashed Boeing 737-800 flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, outside the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 20, 2016. [Reuters]

Russian investigators on Monday were attempting to restore the damaged cockpit voice recorder of a passenger jet that crashed on Saturday, killing all 62 passengers on-board, in order to figure out why it had tried to land in strong winds.

The Boeing 737-800, operated by Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai, crashed in the early hours of Saturday at Rostov-on-Don Airport in southern Russia in strong, gusting winds on its second attempt to land.

The plane’s flight data recorder did not endure much damage, however the cockpit voice recorder, which transmits the pilot’s final conversations before the crash, was severely damaged and needs to be repaired.

According to officials, the repairs could take weeks.

There is so far no claim of terrorism involved in the crash.

Russian media claims two main theories, a pilot error or technical failure, considered by investigators.

FlyDubai’s CEO Ghaith al Ghaith expressed on Saturday it was too early to determine why the five-year-old plane crashed.

The unanswered questions remains a mystery as of yet, on why the plane attempted to land in fierce strong winds and did not divert to a nearby airport. Earlier an Aeroflot plane made several aborted landing attempts and had been diverted.

Investigators are likely to focus, among other issues, on how the decision to land was reached, why the plane circled above the airport in a holding pattern for over two hours, and on the precise thinking of the pilots and the airport's landing tower.

TRTWorld, Reuters