Inquiry opens after Kish Tu-154 lands on closed Dubai runway

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Investigators in the Middle East have yet to ascertain how an Iranian Tupolev Tu-154M came to land on a closed runway at Dubai International Airport, suffering damage apparently from impacts with construction-related debris.

Kish Air flight Y9 7106 had been arriving from the Iranian city of Tabriz on 25 June but landed on Dubai’s runway 30L/12R which had been closed during work to expand the airport. The work includes staggering Dubai’s parallel runway system.

The Tu-154 involved is a 16-year old example, registered EP-LBR, one of a pair in the Kish Air fleet.

It sustained damage to its undercarriage and the airport’s firefighting service attended the scene to deal with a suspected fuel leak. None of the 70 passengers and 12 crew was injured.

In a statement the Department of Civil Aviation, which manages the airport, says that the incident did not affect operations on the airport’s active runway 30R/12L.

While the precise circumstances of the incident have not been determined, the Department of Civil Aviation claims that “human error” was responsible. The Tu-154 is to be examined by the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority which is conducting the inquiry.