Egypt needs more time

July 6, 2016 by  
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CAIRO, 6 July 2016: Experts investigating the EgyptAir plane crash in May need more time to analyse and match the information gathered before they can reach “very basic conclusions,” the Egyptian-led investigative committee said Tuesday.

Experts will compare information downloaded from the flight data recorder and “establish time correlation” with the information gleaned from the cabin voice recorder, the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said in a statement.

The committee had said Saturday that the memory chips of EgyptAir 804’s black box voice recorder are intact and investigators should be able to access them. Read more

Egypt opens black box

June 20, 2016 by  
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CAIRO, 20 June 2016: Investigators have begun examining the black box flight recorders of an Egypt Air plane that crashed into the Mediterranean last month, hoping to establish the cause of the disaster, authorities said Sunday.

The Airbus A320 operating Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar screens between the Greek island of Crete and the north coast of Egypt, 19 May. Sixty-six people were on board.

A vast search operation was launched, finding debris and pieces of the plane’s fuselage at the bottom of the Mediterranean, before the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered last week. Read more

Hunt for Egyptair black boxes

May 27, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 27 May 2016: France and Egypt will hire two private firms to help in the hunt for the black boxes from  the EgyptAir plane that crashed, last week, on route from Paris to Cairo, the French foreign ministry has said.

“We are in talks with two private companies… in coordination with the Egyptian authorities,” a ministry spokesman said Wednesday, adding: “The idea is to mobilise the resources very quickly.”

A diplomatic source in Paris said the two companies, both French, were the Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search (DOS) and Alseamar, based in the French capital. Read more

Egypt Air: Investigators hunt for clues

May 26, 2016 by  
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CAIRO, 26 May 2016: Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims Tuesday to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, as investigators hunt for clues into the mysterious crash.

Investigators are still searching for the Airbus A320’s two black boxes on the seabed as they seek answers as to why the aircraft came down early on Thursday, with 66 people on board.

French and Egyptian aviation officials have said it is too soon to determine what caused the disaster. Read more

Air crash adds to Egypt’s misery

May 23, 2016 by  
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CAIRO, 23 May 2016: Egypt’s latest air disaster is another crushing blow to a country whose tourism-dependent economy is struggling to recover from years of jihadist attacks and political turmoil, analysts said.

The crash is the third airline incident in less than a year involving the Arab world’s most populous nation, undermining efforts to attract tourists and their much-needed revenues.

Officials said it was too early to know whether technical failure or terrorism caused the EgyptAir plane to plunge into the Mediterranean on Thursday with 66 people on board during a flight from Paris to Cairo. Read more

More grief for Nepal’s air safety

March 3, 2016 by  
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KATHMANDU, 3 March 2016: A plane with nine passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at Kathmandu airport Wednesday, an aviation official said, a week after two deadly crashes highlighted Nepal’s dismal air safety record.

The 19-seater plane was taking off for Lukla, known as the gateway to Mount Everest, when a bird struck its right wing, Kathmandu airport official Ranjan Bhattarai said.

“The Lukla-bound Goma Air plane made an emergency landing… within three to four minutes of take-off, due to a bird hit,” Bhattarai told AFP. Read more

Another plane crashes in Nepal

February 29, 2016 by  
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KATHMANDU, 29 February 2016: Two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash landed in Nepal on Friday but all nine passengers survived, an airport official said.

It is not clear what caused the accident, which came two days after a Tara Air Twin Otter turboprop plane crashed into a mountainside in Nepal killing all 23 people on board.

A spokesman for the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu confirmed that a rescue team had confirmed all the passengers survived. A helicopter was used to airlift the injured for treatment. Read more

Tara Air crashes in Nepal

February 25, 2016 by  
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KATHMANDU, 25 February 2016: Rescuers have found the burnt-out wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed into a mountainside in Nepal, Wednesday, killing all 23 people on board, officials said.

The Twin Otter turboprop aircraft lost contact with air traffic control eight minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara early Wednesday.

The army had deployed helicopters and foot soldiers to search Myagdi, a mountainous district around 220 kilometres (160 miles) west of Kathmandu, after locals reported seeing possible wreckage of the Tara Air plane. Read more

Crash probe blames pilots

February 1, 2016 by  
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TAIPEI, 1 February 2016: Two TransAsia Airways pilots caused a 2014 plane crash that left 48 people dead by flying too low as they attempted to land on an island during a typhoon, Taiwan’s aviation authorities said Friday.

Taiwan’s aviation body said the pilots flew below the minimum altitude required in poor visibility caused by Typhoon Matmo, 23 July 2014, in its final report into the airline’s second fatal accident in a year.

The procedural mistake was widespread among TransAsia’s pilots at the time, an aviation official said, endangering passenger and crew safety. Read more

MH17 probe turns to citizen journalists

January 4, 2016 by  
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THE HAGUE, 4 January 2016: Dutch prosecutors said, over the weekend, they would “seriously study” claims by citizen journalists to have identified Russian soldiers implicated in the crash of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

The claims are made by a British-based group of “citizen investigative journalists” called Bellingcat, which specialises in trawling through data on social media and other open sources.

“We received the report just after Christmas,” Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the Dutch prosecutor’s office, told AFP. Read more

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