Home  |  News  |  Photo  |  Video   |  Travel  |  Learn Chinese  |  Opinions  |  EZFM  |  NEWS Plus  |  CHINA PLUS
Black Box Found, Investigation into the Russia Plane Crash Underway
   2016-03-20 06:22:55    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

Rescuers work at the crash site of the Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, on March 19, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/RIA Novosti]

Officials and investigators are looking into the cause of a recent crash of a passenger jet at Russia's Rostov-on-Don early Saturday morning.

CRI's Fei Fei with more.


People continued to gather at the airport in Rostov-on-Don on Saturday to lay flowers in memory of passengers who were on board a Dubai airliner that crashed in southern Russia, killing all 62 on board.

Russia's Investigative Committee spokesperson Oksana Kovrizhnaya told a press conference there that they are looking at a couple of possible causes of the crash.

"The investigation is currently looking into two main versions for the plane crash - a mistake by the pilot due to the harsh weather conditions or a malfunction in the plane."

Kovrizhnaya said they have found two flight recorders and sent them to specialists for deciphering.

The remains of bodies have also been sent for identification tests.

A Boeing 737-800, operated by Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai, nosedived while trying to land in strong winds for the second time in the southern Russian city.

Most of the victims were Russian.

After visiting the crash site, Alexander Neradko, head of the Russian state civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya, said traffic controllers should not be blamed for the crash.

"According to international aviation law, air traffic controllers regulate who takes off and who lands. And the aircraft's captain brings to bear his own experience, his own preparedness. The rules of any particular air company are not necessarily known to the air traffic controller. Therefore, our air traffic controllers were acting in full accordance with international rules and there is no reason to talk about any flaws in their work."

Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said the airport will re-open after the work of the investigation team is completed.

"After the arrival of specialists from the inter-governmental aviation committee, and following the work of the investigative committee, we can begin the clean-up of the runway at the Rostov-on-Don airport and (work towards) the restoration of (the airport to) its original layout and the possibility of (flights) landing (resuming) - but this will take about 10 hours."

It is said that several planes had trouble landing at the airport at the time of the crash, with one trying to land three times before giving up and diverting to another airport.

According to the independent U.S.-based Flight Safety Foundation, there was strong wind at the airport with a speed of 43 kilometres per hour, with gusts up to 69 kilometres, but visibility was reasonable.

For CRI, this is Fei Fei.

Related: Dubai Airliner Crashes in Southwestern Russia, Killing All 62 Onboard

1  2  3  
CRI Interview with Former Australian Foreign Minister
At the 5th World Peace Forum, CRI had an exclusive interview with Bob Carr, Former Australian Foreign Minister.
Along the Silk Road: Haji Fida Hussain--Pakistani Export Tycoon
Pakistani businessman Haji is exporting Chinese goods all over the world.



CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

The Sound Stage
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Photo Gallery
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ