07 February 2020, Friday 11:43:49

Final Report for Dubai Plane Crash

Emirates has been urged to enhance pilot training following an investigation into Flight EK521 which crashed at Dubai International Airport and caught fire in 2016.

General Civil Aviation Authority's final report recommends enhanced training for pilots and air traffic controllers

Emirates has been urged to enhance pilot training following an investigation into Flight EK521 which crashed at Dubai International Airport and caught fire in 2016.

A final report by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said the pilots failed to realise the engines of their Boeing 777 remained idle as they tried to take off from a failed landing attempt.

“The flight crew reliance on automation and lack of training in flying go-arounds from close to the runway surface ... significantly affected the flight crew performance in a critical flight situation which was different to that experienced by them during their simulated training flights,” the report said.It added that air traffic controllers also failed to warn the pilots that two other flights had previously failed to land due to windshear.

The report also recommended that the details of the crash and the lessons learned into air traffic controller training.

Among a list of recommendations to Emirates, the report said it should "enhance the normal go-around and missed approach training standards".

The report said that without power from the engines to lift the plane, Flight EK521 was doomed to crash on August 3, 2016.

While the 300 passengers and crew onboard the Boeing 777-300 escaped with their lives, a subsequent explosion that engulfed the aircraft killed a firefighter on the ground, the report added.

It noted that during the attempted go-around, except for the last three seconds prior to impact, "both engine thrust levers, and therefore engine thrust, remained at idle. Consequently, the aircraft’s energy state was insufficient to sustain flight."

The GCAA report said the flight crew "did not effectively scan  and monitor the primary flight instrumentation parameters during the landing and the attempted go-around" and "did not take corrective action to increase engine thrust".

Also contributing to the cause of the crash, the report said air traffic control did not pass "essential information about windshear reported by a preceding landing flight crew".

Final Report for Dubai Plane Crash

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