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Air Astana E190 control-loss crew prepared to ditch in ocean

November 12, 2018 / DAVID KAMINSKI-MORROW

Investigations are under way into a serious loss-of-control incident involving an Air Astana Embraer 190, during which the crew considered ditching in the sea.It occurred during a post-maintenance ferry flight out of Lisbon aviation technical centre, where the jet had been undergoing C-check work with maintenance firm OGMA. The jet was bound for Almaty under the callsign KC1388 on 11 November.Such was the severity of the situation that the crew advised Lisbon air traffic control that they were intending to ditch, and requested headings for the ocean.