Poor training and procedures were at the heart of the Aviastar-TU Tu-204 approach crash near Moscow’s Domodedovo, says Russia’s MAK.
The night-time landing in poor visibility on Mach 22 should have been aborted, says the Russian final accident report, as the crew had descended through the minimum altitude without making visual contact with the ground.
The jet crashed about 1 nm from the airfield, after striking trees. Inadequate training and poor crew resource management are cited as contributory causes, as well as possible crew fatigue and poor diversion planning. The failure of a flight control system computer didn’t help. The only good news is that all on board – eight crew – survived.
PICTURE: Russia's MAK