FlyDubai Flight 981 Crash
March 31, 2016
On 19 March 2016, a Flydubai Boeing 737 (Registration A6-FDN), performing flight from Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) to Rostov-on-Don Airport (Russia), impacted the ground at Rostov Airport (Russia). Initial reports indicate that the aircraft had aborted its first approach and initiated a second go-around procedure during its second approach when a wing-tip reportedly struck the ground before the aircraft could begin its ascent. The aircraft consequently impacted the ground and burst into flames. All 62 occupants on board were fatally injured in the accident.

New Russian Aviation Agency
March 31, 2016
The Russian Government have launched a new aviation regulations authority, which will be primarily tasked with the certification of civil aircraft, engines, and avionics systems. The Aviation Register of the Russian Federation (Aviaregister Rossiya) will take over the responsibilities and duties previously held by the Interstate Aviation committee and are expected to become fully operational by April 2016

ICAO to implement aircraft tracking requirements
March 31, 2016
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has stated its intentions to implement new measures and guidelines to allow improved tracking of aircraft after the second report for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 provided no new evidence regarding the aircraft’s location. ICAO plans to amend Annex 6 of the Chicago Convention, an internationally agreed upon set of standards, which outlines requirements regarding the operation of an aircraft. Airlines will be required to upgrade Cockpit Voice Recorders to extend recording time and install autonomous tracking systems that will transmit aircraft positioning information at more frequent intervals. ICAO has said that this will likely reduce crash site uncertainty and search and rescue times.


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