Nepal plane crash: Singapore to analyse black boxes

Nepal plane crash: Singapore to analyse black boxes

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport will analyze the black box recovered from the crash site of Yeti Airlines Flight 691 at the request of investigative authorities in Nepal, officials said.

The flight crashed on 15 January on its final approach to the newly opened Pokhara International Airport, killing all 72 people on board. It was the country’s worst air crash in 30 years.

The Ministry of Transport’s (MoT) Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) will help retrieve and read data from the aircraft’s flight recorders, an MoT spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.

The analysis will be performed at TSIB’s Flight Recorder Readout Facility, which was established in 2007.

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“All investigation-related information, including the progress and findings of the investigation, will be handled by the Nepalese Investigative Authority,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Straits Times.

Flight recorders, or black boxes, capture information about a flight such as instrument warnings and audio recordings, and help piece together the events leading up to an incident.

According to a Washington Post report, the Nepalese investigative team will leave for Singapore on Friday with the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.
The Kathmandu Post said on Wednesday that the examination of the black box was expected to take a week and would be free.

Singapore’s examination of boxes to cooperate on plane crash investigation signed in February 2020 is under an MoT and Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

“The MoU covers the use of test facilities and equipment, including a flight recorder readout facility, training and observer engagements,” said an MOT spokesperson.

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