Did Pilot Error Cause Emirates Plane Crash?
The Emirates plane which crash-landed at Dubai International Airport before exploding into flames had aborted its landing seconds before smashing into the runway, reports Mirror Online.
Air traffic control reports now reveal that Flight EK521 had been on its final approach to the airport when it aborted its landing.
It attempted to 'go-around' - meaning to carry out a second attempt at landing. However, instead of climbing height to begin a new approach, it instead touched down on the runway and burst into flames.
There are now questions as to why the plane's landing gear appeared to have not been lowered as it came into land. The crew have been praised for evacuating the plane so quickly which saved all 300 people onboard.
However, aviation expert Anthony Davis has raised concerns over how the plane came to crash land and speculated pilot error could have been the cause.
Speaking to Mirror Online, he said: "It is good that the crew got everybody off the plane but a Boeing 777 has been written off.
"This just should not happen. It looks to me like this is an issue of not very good airmanship."
According to air traffic control recordings cited by Aviation Herald, a respected independent website monitoring air accidents, controllers at Dubai reminded the crew of the Boeing 777 to lower the landing gear as it came into approach.
Shortly afterwards, the crew announced they were aborting the landing to "go around," a routine procedure for which pilots are well trained. But the aircraft came to rest near the end of the runway instead, Aviation Herald reported.
It was not clear whether the landing gear was extended when the aircraft touched the ground.
A family of passengers who declined to be named said the equipment did not deploy and the jet landed on its belly.