Investigators Uncover ‘Satisfactory’ FlyDubai Flight FZ981 CVR Data, Begin Analysis

By Juliet Van Wagenen | March 23, 2016
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Investigators analyze the cockpit voice recorder of FlyDubai flight FZ981
Investigators analyze the cockpit voice recorder of FlyDubai flight FZ981. Photo: The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC)

[Avionics Today 03-23-2016] The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) team responsible for investigating the crash of FlyDubai flight FZ981 at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport on March 19 has completed data downloading from the significantly damaged Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR). According to a statement released by the IAC, the team has downloaded all data from the CVR up to the moment of the aircraft-ground collision and has found that the quality of data satisfactory.

The investigative team, which also includes experts from United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for civil aviation safety (BEA), has started the data analysis as well as preparation of a transcript of the flight crew conversation prior to the incident.

In line with the latest update, the team has begun decoding data, analyzing weather information and synchronizing onboard recorders with Air Traffic Control (ATC) data for the flight. The incident resulted in the deaths of all 62 people on board.

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