Russian Delegation in UAE to Probe Plane Crash Landing
A delegation from Russia's civil aviation authority and Aeroflot Airlines arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday to investigate the cause of the crash landing of the Aeroflot Ilyushin 86 aircraft in Dubai Airport on Friday evening, reported the Khaleej Times newspaper.
The team is expected to investigate the matter together with officials of the General Civil Aviation Authority of the UAE, aviation sources said.
The airport reopened to air traffic on Saturday after a 12-hour closure following the incident.
The Aeroflot Flight 521 from Moscow came down at the airport with one of its engines on fire. No one was injured in the incident.
The Ilyushin-86 aircraft was carrying 307 passengers and a crew of 15.
However, the accident and the subsequent closure of the airport disrupted regional airline traffic, with all inbound flights to Dubai diverted to a number of Gulf airports, including Bahrain International Airport.
A Civil Aviation Affairs spokesman had said that more than 400 travelers were stranded in Bahrain, and several hundred more trying to reach Bahrain were grounded in Dubai.
Dubai television showed pictures of the plane on the ground with a burnt out wing, blocking the main runway. A second runway is closed for maintenance – Albawaba.com
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