Emirates Airline Dubai Flight EK521 made ‘go-around’, caught fire: says report

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft, registered as A6-EMW, was destroyed following the impact with the runway and the subsequent fire," said the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority

The preliminary report on accident involving an Emirates Airline Flight EK521, with 300 on board at the Dubai airport on August 3, 2016 has been out on Tuesday.

“The Boeing 777-300 aircraft, registered as A6-EMW, was destroyed following the impact with the runway and the subsequent fire,” said the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Tuesday. The Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS) of GCAA had released the report.

The preliminary report states that following an attempted go-around, the aircraft descended rapidly from a height of approximately 85 feet at 134 knots, back onto the runway, sliding for approximately 800 metres before coming to rest.

The final report, which will be issued at the conclusion of the investigation, will contain analysis of the facts, and conclusions.

The flight, carrying passengers from Trivandrum, India, to Dubai was completely destroyed in the incident, though all passengers escaped unhurt.

Details from the report further state: “As the flight neared Dubai, the crew received the automatic terminal information service (ATIS) Information Zulu, which included a windshear warning for all runways.”

The report further states the Aircraft aft fuselage impacted the runway abeam at 125 knots, with a nose-up pitch angle of 9.5 degrees, and at a rate of descent of 900 feet per minute.

This was followed by the impact of the engines on the runway. All of the 300 passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft safely before a fire consumed the cabin, the report added.

The report confirms 21 passengers, one flight crew member, and one cabin crew member sustained minor injuries, while a second cabin crew member sustained a serious injury.

Approximately nine minutes after the Aircraft came to rest, a firefighter was fatally injured and later died as a result of the explosion of the center fuel tank.

In accordance with international protocols of aircraft accident investigation, the preliminary report contains only factual information related to the accident and contains no analysis, or conclusions.

The analysis aims to identify the cause(s) and the factors that contributed to the accident, the GCAA said.

The investigation team is led by the AAIS investigator-in-charge, IIC, and comprises the accredited representatives of the states of manufacture of the aircraft (United States) and the engines (United Kingdom).

In addition, technical representatives of Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Emirates Airline have been assigned roles as advisers to the IIC and the accredited representatives.

The Director-General of the GCAA, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, said, “During the course of rescue and firefighting, an explosion occurred which resulted in the tragic death of a firefighter.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased, and at the same time we hope that the grief of his family is made more bearable by the knowledge that his courageous behaviour helped to ensure the survival of all the people on board the flight.”

The Assistant Director-General of the AAIS, Ismaeil Al Hosani, said, “The investigation team is continuing to examine the aircraft and flight data.

“Analysis of the data extracted from the flight recorders is ongoing to determine the technical performance of the aircraft and systems, and crew control inputs and performance.

“In-depth analysis will be carried out to examine the operator’s policies and procedures for such flight conditions,” he added.