Was Attempted Go-Around The Culprit In Emirates Crash?
Photo courtesy of Emirates Airlines
Some 48 hours after an Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 crash-landed at Dubai International Airport, little is still known as to the cause of the crash other than officials eliminating security or terrorism-related reasons.
But a new report from the Associated Press suggests the pilot of the plane might have attempted to abort the initial landing in favor of a go-around to determine the problem when it crash-landed on the runway.
All 300 passengers and crew were miraculously safely evacuated in 90 seconds before one of the plane’s engines exploded and the top of the fuselage burned off.
The AP report said the transponder data and air traffic control communications suggest the pilot tried to regain altitude Wednesday in the last moments before it hit the ground.
Transponder data obtained by aviation website FlightRadar24.com show the descending plane came close to the ground at 12:37 p.m. local time before altitude readings and the vertical speed suddenly increased, indicating the start of a go-around, at the same time an air traffic control radio recording called out the flight's number and said it was "returning to 4,000 (feet)"
But, as the AP noted, within 12 seconds the aircraft descended and struck the ground, apparently bouncing back up briefly before coming down and stopping, according to the data.
While this is an unconfirmed report, it would jive with speculation from some observers and passengers that something happened to the landing gear.
“The landing went very wrong,” former Spring Valley, N.Y. resident Jerin George, 22, told LoHud.com. "From where I was sitting, there was smoke outside of the window. And eventually there was smoke coming out in front of the seats, and the left and right side (of the cabin). It was terrifying. It was nothing like we expected, and it was very surprising and shocking. There were kids crying and parents praying.”
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