Human error to blame for May 3 Black Sea Armenian airbus crash
(RIA Novosti) - Human error caused a crash of an Armenian Airbus into the Black Sea on May 3, Russian Transportation Minister Igor Levitin said Wednesday.
The A-320 Airbus, operated by the Armavia Airline, came down in stormy weather off Russia's Black Sea coast May 3 with the loss of all 113 passengers and crew on board, reports Trend.
"The human factor in bad weather played a role," the minister said.
Members of the Interstate Aviation Committee came to this conclusion on the results of the investigation of the Armenian liner's crash.
Investigators said the liner stopped descending at a height of 340 meters and started turning to the right with a simultaneous climb. The pilot then turned off the automatic pilot system and started landing the liner even though he had totally lost control over the parameters need for landing, the committee said.
The crash investigators said further actions by the crew were uncoordinated but there had been no engine failure or fuel shortage.