probing the gear-up landing of an Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-86 in Dubai last
September have indicated that failure by the crew to carry out appropriate
pre-landing preparations resulted in the accident.
Arab Emirates civil aviation authorities have completed their analysis of the
21 September accident and distributed the final report.
Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), which contributed to the investigation,
states: “According to this final report, the reason for the aviation incident
was the gear-up configuration which became possible as a result of the
non-fulfilment by the crew of actions specified by the flight operations
RA-86074, the Il-86 had been carrying 321 passengers and crew and operating flight
SU521 from Moscow to Dubai. The accident blocked Dubai’s only operational
runway at the time, a parallel runway having been shut for maintenance, and
consequently closed the airport.
was injured during the gear-up landing and subsequent evacuation, although the
16-year old aircraft sustained substantial damage. The Dubai event is believed
to have been the first major incident to befall an Il-86 since the type was
introduced into service in 1980.