US to study UPS air crash data

2010-09-14 15:49

Dubai - Recorders from a US cargo aircraft that crashed in Dubai will soon be sent to America for analysis, and officials will begin removing wreckage from the crash site on Tuesday, a civil aviation statement said.

The cockpit voice recorder and the digital flight data recorder "will shortly be sent to the USA for analysis", the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in a statement on Monday.

"Officials will begin removing wreckage of the crashed aircraft from the site (on Tuesday) to transfer it to a secure place," the statement added.

Both the pilot and co-pilot of the United Parcel Service (UPS) aircraft were killed when it crashed at a military base on the outskirts of Dubai on September 3.

Soon after takeoff, the pilots of the Boeing 747-400 reported smoke in the cockpit and difficulty in maintaining altitude, and attempted to fly back to the Dubai Airport to land, the GCAA 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, the GCAA said earlier.

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.

- SAPA

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