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Probe team checking ATC tapes during AI plane crash

By Vicky Nanjappa
May 23, 2010 21:06 IST
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The team from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which is probing the Air India plane crash that claimed 158 lives near the Mangalore airport on Saturday, has been divided into four groups to look at a particular aspect of the crash. The four teams will look into engineering and wreckage, operations, air traffic control and aerodrome.

A release from the civil aviation ministry states that wreckage group has further been divided into smaller groups to search for a particular kind of evidence.

The search team on Sunday recovered the Cockpit Voice Recorder from the wreckage. Though affected by fire, it is expected to yield the desired information.

The Digital Flight Data Acquisition Unit, a parallel unit of the Digital Flight Data Recorder which records flight parameter for a shorter duration, has been recovered.

A preliminary replay of the Air Traffic Control tapes has been already carried out and a detailed analysis is being carried out, says the release.

It adds that the preliminary investigation of navigational facilities, the aerodrome and runway facilities at the time of the accident has been completed.

Necessary records about the plane and the crew members have been taken for detailed analysis. The analysis of CVR, flight data and the various records will take nearly a fortnight. 

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