2016-03-19 FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 crashed at Rostov-on-Don
After abandoning its 2nd landing approach, the 737 went out of control and crashed on the runway at Rostov-on-Don, Russia leaving no survivors amonth the 62 occupants on board.
The aircraft was on approach in darkness to runway 22 at Rostov-on-Don Airport. At the time the weather at Rostov Airport consisted of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds.
A first approach at 22:42L was abandoned at 1725 ft. because of unfavourable weather. Thereafter the 737 climbed to 8000 feet and headed north describing two 360-turns before back to the south. Altitude increased to 15.000 feet until flight FZ 981 entered a holding pattern over Manychsky NDB to the southeast of the airport.
Meanwhile, after three unsuccessful landing attemts, an Aeroflot Superjet on flight SU1166 from Moscow diverted to Krasnodar. Earlier two Airbus aircraft made successful landing at Rostov at their first try.
After about 60 minutes of holding time, the pilots requested another approach to runway 22. Still the weather did not change significantly.
Flight FZ 981 joined the localizer of the instrument landing approach (ILS) to runway 22.
At 03:40L the 2nd appraoch was aborted at about 5,6 kilometers before the beginning of the runway and the 737 entered a climb. and were ordered by tower controller to call radar again.
After the 737 reached an altitude of about 3900 ft., it began to loose height again. It entered a steed dive to a nearly vertical angle. The dramatic loss of altitude could not be stopped until the 737 impacted ground. It hit the beginning of the runway 22 approximately 250 meters from its northestern end, close to the intersection with taxiway „Charlie“.
The aircraft exploded in a huge fireball and was blown to pieces.
There were no survivors among the 62 on board.
Wreckage was strewn over a wide area and the airport was forced to close for all traffic for allowing investigators to locate, mark and recover all debris.
Russian investigation committee (MAK) recovered both ‚black boxes‘.
Rosov Airport announced the re-opening of the airport to all traffic to be on Monday 21st of March at 0900L.
METAR Rostov-on-DonAirport (URRR):
METAR URRR 190100Z 24014G22MPS 3800 -SHRA BKN014 BKN033CB OVC100 06/04 Q0997 R22/290046 TEMPO 25017G25MPS 1000 SHRA BR SCT003 BKN020CB RMK QFE740/0987
METAR URRR 190030Z 24012G19MPS 6000 -SHRA SCT018 BKN036CB OVC100 06/04 Q0998 R22/290046 TEMPO 25017G25MPS 1000 SHRA BR SCT003 BKN020CB RMK QFE741/0988
Unverified excerpt of radio communications of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and FZ 981:
ATC Rostov Controllers (C1, C2, C3)
Crew of Fly Dubai (P) 981:
P – Okay, thank you very much er Sky Dubai nine eight one. (Okay, thank you very much, uh, Sky Dubai 981.
P – Tower, Sky Dubai nine eight one. (Tower, Sky Dubai 981).
C1 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, Rostov Tower. (Sky Dubai 981, Moscow Tower).
P – I just calling you (…) er you have any improvement on the weather? (Just call you (…) um, there is any improvement in the weather?
C1 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, now wind two three zero degrees one zero, gusts one four … per second, cloud base six three zero meters, visibility … thousand, er correction, six thousand meters and shower rain. (D1 – Sky Dubai 981, Now wind 230 degrees, ten, fourteen … gusts in the second, the visibility of thousands of … uh, the amendment, six thousand meters and rain storm).
P – Okay thank you very much, any wind shear warning? (Okay, thank you very much, whether there is a wind shear warning?)
C1 – … bai er niner eight one, negative. (D1 – … bai 981, no).
P – Okay, thank you, and when you look out of the window sir it looks better than before. (P – Okay, thank you, and when you look out the window, sir, it looks much better than before).
C1 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, er, moderate (…) (D1 – Sky Dubai 981, e, moderate (…)
P – Okay, thank you very much. (R – OK, thank you very much).
C2 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, monitor information Bravo. (D2 – Sky Dubai 981, listen to the information Bravo).
P – Thank you. P – Thank you.
P – Er Tower, Sky Dubai er nine eight one. (P – E, Tower, Sky Dubai, uh, 981).
C3 – Sky Dubai nine eight one, Rostov Tower. (D3 – Sky Dubai 981, Moscow Tower).
P – How is the weather sir, is it better? (P – As the weather, sir, better?)
C3 – Sky Dubai nine eight one, er weather at zero zero two zero .. bility five errr kilometers, er ceiling six three zero meters, surf … wind two three zero er degrees one three, maximum one eight meters … cond er light shower rain , er mist, on final er severe turbulence and moderate wind shear. (D3 – Sky Dubai 981, uh, the weather for the 00:20: … the bridge five, er, kilometers, cloud base 630 m, ground wind … 230 e, degrees, thirteen, eighteen gusts meters … Kunda, e weak rain storm, e haze on preplant straight uh, severe turbulence and moderate wind shear).
P – Okay, thank you very much. (R – OK, thank you very much).
C2 – Sky Dubai niner eight one. (D2 – Sky Dubai 981).
P – Go ahead for Sky Dubai niner eight one. (P – At the reception, Sky Dubai 981).
C2 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, at two two wind two three zero degrees, one four meters per second, maximum one eight meters per second … zero degrees, visibility six kilometers, scattered four eight zero … six three zero meters, meteorological office not reported about wind shear on the runway. (D2 – Sky Dubai 981, in 22 minutes the wind 230 degrees, 14 meters per second, gusts of 18 meters per second … dtsat degrees, visibility 6 kilometers scattered 480 … 630 meters, weather service reported no wind shear on the strip).
P – All copied and Sky Dubai niner eight one, request descent for our approach, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (P – All received, and Sky Dubai 981, please call for a reduction, Sky Dubai 981).
C2 – … three one zero. D2 – … 310.
P – three one zero, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (R – 310, Sky Dubai 981.)
C2 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, contact Rostov Radar one two one deci … (D2 – Sky Dubai 981, work with Rostov Lap 121, …)
P – Rostov Radar, hello again, Sky Dubai niner eight one, descending flight level six six, flight level seven, seven zero, zero seven zero, sorry, and er heading three one zero. (P – Rostov Circle, hello again, Sky Dubai 981, reduces flight level six, six, seven flight level, seventy, 070, sorry, and uh, heading 310).
C3 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, Rostov Radar, heading three one zero by QFE er niner eight eight descend to height six hundred meters. (D3 – Sky Dubai 981, Rostov Circle, Course 310 QFE e, 988, is reduced to a relative height of 600 meters).
P – Descend height six hundred, er nine hundred meters, conf … Sky Dubai niner eight one? (P – reduces the relative height of 600 um, 900 meters Confirm … Sky Dubai 981?)
C3 – Sky er Sky Dubai niner eight … descend to height six hundred meters. (D3 – Sky uh, Sky Dubai 98 … is reduced to a relative height of 600 meters).
P – Six hundred meters, descending six hundred meters, QNH confirm niner niner eight? (…) (P – 600 meters, coming down 600 meters, pressure reduced to sea level, confirm – 998 (…)?
C3 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, affirm. (D3 – Sky Dubai 981, confirm).
P – QNH niner niner eight and descending, niner niner eight and the QNH … descending six hundred meters, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (P – pressure reduced to sea level, 998, and reduces, 998 and pressure reduced to sea level … coming down to 600 meters, Sky Dubai 981).
C3 – Dubai niner eight one, turn left, heading three zero zero. (D3 – Sky Dubai 981, left heading 300).
P – Fly heading three zero zero, Sky Dubai … eight one. (P – Follow the course of 300, Sky Dubai … 81).
C3 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, turn left, heading two niner zero. D3 – Sky Dubai 981, 290 left the course.
P – Left, heading two niner zero, Sky Dubai … (P – Left, Course 290, Sky Dubai …)
C3 – Niner eight one, cleared ILS approach runway two two and report established localizer. (D3 – 981 ILS approach to runway 22, authorize, and let the capture localizer).
P – Runway two two, I will report on the localizer, and for your information, in case of going around we are going to go … climb, er we are going to climb to flight level eight zero, eight zero, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (R – runway 22, will report localizer, and for your information, in case of a missed approach, we will recruit … recruit, we recruit flight level 80, 80, Sky Dubai 981).
C3 – Niner eight one, roger. (D3 – 981, you understand).
P – … check please. (P – … please inform).
C3 – … Dubai niner eight one, two three zero degrees, one two, gusts one eight meters. (D3 – … Dubai 981, 230 degrees, 12, gusts of 19 meters).
P – That’s copied, established on the localizer runway two two, it’s Sky Dubai niner eight one. (P – I Took, captured the localizer runway 22, I Sky Dubai 981).
C3 – … Dubai niner eight one, contact Tower one one niner decimal seven. (D3 – … Dubai 981, work in the HSE 119.7).
P – Tower one one niner seven, Sky Dubai nine eight one. (L – 1197 Tower, Sky Dubai 981.)
P – Rostov Tower, hello again, Sky Dubai niner eight one, established on the localizer runway … two. (P – Rostov tower, hello again, Sky Dubai 981, captured the localizer runway … 2.)
C1 – Sky Dubai nine eight one, Rostov Tower, er good evening again. Surface wind two three zero degrees one two, er maximum one … (D1 – Sky Dubai 981, Rostov Tower, uh, again good evening Surface wind 230 degrees, 12, uh, impulses 1 ….)
P – … two two, Sky Dubai niner eight one. P – 22 …, Sky Dubai 981.
C1 – niner eight one, QFE niner eight eight, hectopascals, QNH niner niner eight hectopascals. (D1 – 981, QFE 988 hPa, pressure reduced to sea level – 998 hPa).
P – Niner niner eight hectopascals, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (P – 998 hectopascals, Sky Dubai 981).
C1 – Sky Dubai niner eight one at three niner visibility three thousand five hundred meters, QFE niner eight seven er hectopascals, Q … niner niner seven hectopascals. (D1 – Sky Dubai 981, in 39 minutes, visibility 3500 meters, QFE 987 hPa, Pressure … 997 hPa).
P – Niner eight seven, copied, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (R – 987, adopted, Sky Dubai 981. —– —–)
P – Going around, Sky Dubai niner eight one. (P – I’m leaving on the second circle, Sky Dubai 981).
C1 – Sky Dubai niner eight one, contact Rostov Radar … decimal two. (D1 – Sky Dubai 981, work with Rostov Circle comma … 2.)
P – One two one two, bye-bye. P – 1212 bye-bye.
Date: 2016-03-19 Time: 03:43
Location: URRR ROV Rostov na Donu
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: hull loss
Flight no.: FZ 981
From: OMDB/DXB: Dubai To: URRR/ROV: Rostov na Donu
Type: Boeing 737-800
Age a/c: 5.2 years
Constr. No.: 40241
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JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 5th safety occurence for the operator
- 1st ever hull-loss accident for the operator
- 1st ever fatal accident for the operator
- 358th safety occurence of type (B737-800)
- 12th Safety occurence at Rostov Airport
- 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question
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