This is a quote from an NYT article – via Seattle Times
“MOSCOW — An error by a crew member committed during adverse weather may have been responsible for the crash of a passenger jet last week in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don that killed 62 people, a report broadcast by Russian state television said.
The Rossiya-1 television channel said it had obtained a transcript of the pilot interactions a minute before the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 passenger jet nose-dived to the ground, killing all the passengers and crew members. A source in the investigative commission with access to flight recorders provided the TV channel with the transcript.” With the fin activated, “the elevator is no longer working and the plane practically does not react to the pilot’s control panel,” the report said. The channel suggested that the pilot could have accidentally hit the button that activated the fin because of his reported “chronic fatigue.””
The article doesn’t make any sense. What could they be talking about…” A stabilizing fin located at the tail of the plane”? Obviously they can’t diffenciate between fin, Horizontal Stabilizer and Stab. Making the untenable assumption that the “don’t do that” on the transcript corresponds to some irreversible catastrophic pilot action. These are the same people who translated the transcript into Russian: The stabilizer is activated with a button which the pilots call “Knuppel”. The Pilot, while switching to manual flight, might have accidentally touched it without noticing, due to chronic fatigue and rough air.
Would be my assumption, that he was talking to the plane (“don’t do that”), not the other pilot.
Evidently this accident is extremely similar to the Tatarstan Airlines 363 B735 that crashed at Kazan, Russia in 2013.