Final moments of doomed jet ‘bouncing down runway’ before exploding into flames killing 41
Video has emerged as the investigation continues into the devastating crash of the Aeroflot plane in Russia.
Lightening struck the plane soon after takeoff and forced the pilots to make an emergency landing.
Investigators have said however this should not have led to the disaster.
One line of enquiry is that the crew were not experienced “manually” flying the Sukhoi Superjet 100.
It is being probed that they were too reliant on the aircraft’s autopilot which led to the crash at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow, on May 5.
“It caused problems but they were not critical. The decision to return was right.”
Aviation expert Vadim Lukashevich
Video shows the plane making a “jumping landing” as it comes in to land.
There is the plume of smoke from the tarmac before the plan then jumps back into the air.
It comes down hard and there is another cloud of smoke as the tail appears to hit the tarmac.
The aircraft skids off screen, and a ball of fire can be seen trailing behind the doomed plane.
Crash investigators are reportedly leaning towards “pilot error” during the landing, reports Russian newspaper Kommersant.
It is reported a lightening strike disabled the plane’s internal systems – leaving the pilots have to make the land manually.
Source claimed authorities believe “over-dependence on autopilot” on commercial flights is an issue that should be addressed by all major airlines.
“It was the pilots themselves who dangerously [sped] up the aircraft immediately before landing and, on top of that, put it into a dive,” the paper reported.
Aviation expert and former designer at Sukhoi Design Bureau, Vadim Lukashevich, said: “I believe that this catastrophe is a consequence of a set of mistakes of pilots that began from the moment when lightning hit the plane.
“It caused problems but they were not critical. The decision to return was right.
“But then the pilots had to remember they actually are pilots and had to fly the plane the way that was normal for international aviation 40 years ago, without autopilot.”
Investigators are considering several versions of the incident, including pilot error, insufficient skills, a technical failure and unfavourable weather conditions, reported TASS.
A source said: “The preliminary information on the disaster with the detailed analysis of the actions of the crew, the land services and the controllers will be released by late May in an interim report.”
The Kremlin has bluntly refused to halt flights by the SuperJet – or production of the aircraft – despite a series of last-minute cancellations and passenger concern over its safety.
Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said: “Why do we have to cut production? Has anyone refused to buy the aircraft? No production cuts are planned.”
The investigation continues.
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