Report blames crew for Dubai Il-86 gear-up landing

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Investigators 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.

United Arab Emirates civil aviation authorities have completed their analysis of the 21 September accident and distributed the final report.

Russia’s 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 manual.”

Registered 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.

No-one 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.