Close call for Emirates Airbus A380 approaching Moscow Domodedovo


Last 10 September Emirates Airline EK131 was very close to the ground while approaching Moscow Domodedovo Airport. The Airbus A380 (A6-EEZ) was flying at about 120 meters over the ground, but still 15km away from the runway. Both pilots were immediately grounded and not even permitted to operate back to their home base. Emirates confirmed to AvHerald that investigations are ongoing.

An Emirates Airbus A380-800, registration A6-EEZ performing flight EK-131 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia), was positioning for an approach to Domodedovo’s runway 14R about to intercept the extended runway center line about 8nm before the runway threshold when the aircraft descended to about 400 feet AGL, initiated a go around climbing straight ahead and crossing through the localizer to safe altitude. The aircraft subsequently positioned for another approach to runway 14R, aligned with the extended runway center line but did not initiate the final descent and joined the missed approach procedure as result. The aircraft positioned again for an approach to runway 14R and landed without further incident on runway 14R about 35 minutes after the first go around (from 400 feet AGL).



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