No evidence of engine fire at Aeroflot-Nord Flight 821 crash site
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Investigators have announced that there is no evidence of an engine fire in the wreckage of, which crashed on September 14 in , killing the 88 on board. This contradicts earlier eyewitness statements which say one engine was aflame when the crashed.
Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) says the engines kept operating up until impact. They also confirm the plane did not break up in the air. Instead, the investigation focus has shifted to some unusual movements that records indicate were made by the pilot.
As announced earlier this week, the plane began to ascend instead of descend as it was cleared to do during final approach. After executing aprocedure, the 737-500 then turned in the wrong direction before crashing.
Efforts are continuing to analyse theand , which were heavily damaged by a post-crash fire. It is hoped they will provide an insight as in to what the crew were up to during the flight's final moments.
- "Investigators Rule Out Engine Failure In Aeroflot-Nord Accident" — , September 19, 2008
- David Kaminski-Morrow. "No evidence of engine fire in Aeroflot-Nord 737 crash" — , September 19, 2008