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Portuguese investigators have found that an Embraer 190’s aileron cables had been incorrectly rigged before a ferry flight during which the pilots experienced severe in-flight control problems.
The Air Astana aircraft had undergone scheduled maintenance at the OGMA facility at Alverca do Ribatejo before its departure for Almaty, via Minsk, on 11 November last year.
But its crew struggled with serious instability almost immediately after the aircraft took off, with abnormal attitudes, oscillations, momentary losses of control, and high structural loads during recovery manoeuvring.
The crew lost control after takeoff, and were considering ditching the aircraft in the ocean. They were eventually able to land, after three attempts, at Beja.