Russian and international investigators said the pilots of Flydubai flight 981 climbed to approximately 3,000 ft. on the second aborted approach at Rostov-on-Don Airport early on March 19 before an unknown event caused the Boeing 737-800 carrying 62 passengers and crew to crash. According to an April 8 update by Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), weather conditions when the aircraft first approached the airport at 1:42 a.m. local time were challenging. Although the cloud ...

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