Mon, Oct 30, 2006
Flight Data Recorder, CVR Recovered
Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators to
Nigeria to assist in the investigation of Sunday's mysterious
downing of a Boeing 737-200 near the capital city of Abuja.
The news comes as authorities at the scene say they've
recovered the plane's flight data recorder and cockpit voice
recorder... which, hopefully, will give investigators some clues on
what brought the jet down.
NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated Senior Air Safety
Investigator Dennis Jones as the US Accredited Representative in
Nigeria. He will be accompanied by an additional NTSB investigator
and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration,
Boeing Aircraft Company and Pratt & Whitney Engines.
As Aero-News reported, the
ADC Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff on October 29.
News reports indicate that almost 100 persons lost their lives.
While the cause of Sunday's crash remains a mystery, Nigeria has
been plagued by numerous aviation accidents that the head of the
Nigerian Airspace Management Agency called "systemic failures" in
both infrastructure and aviation safety procedures.
Authorities in Nigeria have since withdrawn ADC's operating
license... the fourth airline in a year to be banned from flying in
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