The Federal Air Transport Agency has resumed its investigation into the emergency landing of a Ural Airlines Airbus A320 in a wheat field near Novosibirsk, the newspaper reports. “News” with reference to the order of the head of the West Siberian Interregional Territorial Administration (ZS MTU) department Vyacheslav Fedorov. Previously, the department released a report following a preliminary investigation into the incident, in which it stated errors made by the aircraft crew.
According to the publication’s source, the investigation was resumed due to “newly discovered circumstances”; the previously released report was cancelled. To conduct further investigation, a new commission was created, which was allowed to involve the necessary specialists in the work.
The first version of the Rosavitsia report stated that the Airbus pilots made a number of mistakes and made an unfounded decision to leave for an alternate airfield in Novosibirsk. In addition, the document spoke about the suboptimal distribution of workload between pilots as flight conditions become more difficult. At the same time, the choice of the landing site for the aircraft, according to experts from the Federal Air Transport Agency, was made correctly, and the landing itself was also carried out correctly.
On September 12, a Ural Airlines plane flying on the Sochi-Omsk route sounded an alarm and disappeared from radar. Later it turned out that he landed on a wheat field in the Novosibirsk region. The Federal Air Transport Agency qualified the incident as a “serious incident” and recommended that airlines conduct additional training for pilots to avoid such incidents.
Currently, the Ural Airlines A-320 that landed in a wheat field is under 24-hour surveillance by security guards. The aircraft will remain on the field for several more months before being transported to the airport after all checks.
Read more in the Kommersant article “The crew failed to calculate the fuel.”