UPS crash: Cargo risks examined

2010-09-23 17:40

Dubai – Investigators are looking into possible risks posed by the cargo of a UPS jet that crashed in Dubai, as data shows there was smoke or a fire in the plane's cargo areas, a civil aviation statement on Thursday said.

"There were sequential systems in the flight deck indicating fire or smoke in the main deck and the lower aft cargo compartment," a statement from the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said.

"The investigation is continuing and the teams are focusing on understanding the issues involved around the cargo carried and the associated risks," it said.

Both the pilot and co-pilot of the United Parcel Service Boeing 747-400 were killed when it crashed at a military base on the outskirts of Dubai on September 3.

There were no reports of casualties on the ground.

Soon after takeoff, the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit and difficulty in maintaining altitude, and attempted to fly back to Dubai airport to land, a previous GCAA statement said.

But the aircraft's approach was too high, and it flew over the airport and made a right turn before quickly shedding altitude and losing radar contact, less than an hour after takeoff.

The crash is being investigated by a team of 20 experts from the GCAA, the US National Transportation Safety Board, the US Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and UPS.