Too early to determine cause of flydubai crash: GCAA

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) speaks during an interview at the new Air Traffic Control Centre in Abu Dhabi, November 10, 2009. Photo by Joseph J. Capellan

Abu Dhabi / WAM

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said that investigations into the cause of the flydubai crash are still examining the collected data related to the crew, aircraft, maintenance, ATC and weather, as well as the aircraft wreckage of the crashed flydubai Boeing 737-800.
Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, GCAA Director-General said, “Before the data is fully examined, it would be premature to hypothesise on the cause of the accident.”
“There has been speculation as to the cause of the accident, and also that reference to supposed details of the contents of the cockpit voice recorder, CVR, recording have appeared in the media. In this regard the GCAA would urge respect for the feelings of the relatives of the victims and the integrity of the investigation process. Speculation serves no purpose and can only result in needless anxiety and concern,” Al Suwaidi added.
The GCAA Director-General explained that all of the CVR data, which covers the final two hours of the accident flight, has been downloaded and at this time part has been transcribed into both English and Russian, and that the quality of the recorded speech and sounds is found to be satisfactory. Examination of the CVR data by experts has been ongoing for the past 5 days, and analysis of the data requires the use of advanced software.
Ismaeil Al Hosani, Assistant Director-General of the Air Accident Investigation Sector, said, “Examination and transcription of the CVR is detailed and time-consuming work which is carried out very carefully including a word-by-word analysis of all speech and communications of the flightcrew, and also analysis of sounds heard in the cockpit. The analysed contents of the CVR and FDR will be examined later, in context with the results of other parts of the investigation, to form an overall view of events contributing to the accident.”

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