Flydubai’s Cypriot pilot was ready to embark a new life with pregnant wife
The flight is said to be the pilot’s final one for Flydubai as he was expected to join Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline
The Cypriot pilot of the ill-fated Flydubai passenger plane was planning to return to his home country with his pregnant wife before embarking to whole new journey to Ireland after signing a new contract, the local CyprusMail reported Saturday.
Aristos Sokratous, 37, was flying the plane from the Emirati city of Dubai but it crashed on Saturday after he tried with his crew to land at the airport in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.
The crash is believed to have killed all 62 passengers and crew on board.
CyprusMail said the flight was reportedly the pilot’s final one before joining Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline.
The paper said Sokratous used to work for the defunct low-cost Cypriot Helios Airways, the airline which was shut down after its 737 Boeing crashed en route from the Cypriot port city of Larnaca to the Greek capital Athens, killing 121 people in 2005.
The Investigative Committee of Russia so far said it was looking into a pilot error or a technical failure as the most likely causes for the plane crash.
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, meanwhile, gave his condolences to the families of the victims, the Russian people and the Russian government.
“To the family of Aristos Sokratous, in particular, President Anastasiades expresses his deepest condolences and declares his support during this time of great pain they are experiencing for the untimely loss of the pilot” he said in a statement.
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