FlyDubai Flight 981 victims’ families file lawsuit for $10M
The families of the victims who died in the FlyDubai Flight 981 crash at Rostov-on-Don Airport in Russia in March 2016, filed a lawsuit against the airline for $ 10 million. The plaintiffs’ lawyer Vsevolod Sazonov told Interfax news agency that the claim for compensation was sent to the court of Dubai. The Board for Civil Aviation in UAE has already begun to consider the claim.
The lawyer explained that the preliminary conclusions by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) have found that a pilot mistake could be at the fault in the plane crash.
“Until this finding is not disproved, compensation is required in accordance with UAE and international laws and treaties,” said Sazonov.
FlyDubai Boeing 737-800, departed from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. Because of the difficult weather conditions with strong side winds and rain, the aircraft had to re-enter the landing runway. During the second trial to land, the aircraft crashed. Seven crew members and 55 passengers died.
The IAC concluded that the pilot lost his orientation, so instead of gaining altitude, the aircraft began descending. IAC experts also suggested that the experienced pilot had somatogravic illusions, so he ignored the information from the flight instruments and acted relying on his physiological sensations.
Russian newspaper Kommersant also informs that the pilot could lose his orientation because the aircraft was equipped with a modern Head-Up Display - a transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. So the pilots are able to view information with the head positioned “up” and looking forward, instead of angled down looking at lower instruments. FlyDubai Boeing was the first crashed aircraft with the HUD system onboard.
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