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Russian Panel Finds Pilot Actions Led To Rostov-On-Don Plane Crash

Russia's Inter-State Aviation Committee issued an interim report on a Dubai airliner crash at Rostov-on-Don last month, confirming that it occurred because of the pilots' actions.

The report published on April 20 did not find the reasons behind their actions, but concluded that all the plane's mechanical systems were in good operating order.

The pilots decided to abort a first landing attempt in what might have been wind sheer conditions, and a few minutes later put the plane into a nosedive at an altitude of about 900 meters during a second landing attempt.

"The subsequent actions of the crew failed to prevent the plane from colliding with the earth," the report said.

The investigating commission plans to study the psycho-emotional and physiological state of the crew members, including work and rest data, as part of its inquiry.

The crash of FlyDubai's Boeing-737-800 occurred at a Rostov-on-Don airport after a flight from Dubai in the early hours of March 19.All 62 people on board, including 55 passengers and seven crew, were killed.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax

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