Date & Time: Mar 19, 2016 at 0341 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 737-800
Operator:
Registration:
A6-FDN
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dubai - Rostov-on-Don
MSN:
40241/3517
YOM:
21
Flight number:
FZ981
Country:
Russia
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
7
Pax on board:
55
Pax fatalities:
55
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
62
Captain / Total flying hours:
5961
Captain / Total hours on type:
4905
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5767
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1100
Aircraft flight hours:
21252
Aircraft flight cycles:
9420
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Dubai at 2237LT on a flight to Rostov-on-Don. On approach by night, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with rain, visibility limited to 6 km and strong winds gusting up to 42 knots. In such conditions, the captain was instructed to go around and stacked for less than two hours at an assigned altitude of 15,000 feet before starting a second attempt to land. On final approach to runway 22, while at 4 km from the runway threshold at an altitude of 1,100 feet, the crew initiated a second go around, configured the engine to TOGA mode and the aircraft climbed to an altitude of 2,950 feet when the flight controls returned to neutral and the aircraft went into a 5° nose down attitude. It then initiated a rapid descent, with apparent unsuccessful crew actions, until it hit the ground by a 50° nose down attitude, at an estimated speed of 600 km/h (324 knots). It crashed left to the runway centerline and disintegrated on impact. None of the 62 occupants survived the crash.
An interim report was published one month after the accident and available below.
Final Report:
A6-FDN.pdf1.15 MB