Investigation teams for plane crash arrive in Namibia

02 Dec 2013 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) - Two voice recorders and two “black boxes” of the plane which crashed in northeastern Namibia on Friday have been recovered, and investigations will commence soon.
Popularly referred to as a black box by the media, the data recorded by the flight data recorder (FDR) is used for accident investigation, as well as for analyzing air safety issues, material degradation and engine performance.
Due to their importance in investigating accidents, these International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-regulated devices are carefully engineered and stoutly constructed to withstand the force of a high speed impact and the heat of an intense fire.
Contrary to the black box reference, the exterior of the FDR is coated with heat-resistant bright orange paint for high visibility in wreckage, and the unit is usually mounted in the aircraft's tail section, where it is more likely to survive a severe crash.
Namibian Director of Aircraft Accident Investigations in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Captain Ericsson Nengola confirmed the discovery of the crucial black boxes to Nampa on Monday.
He further said investigation teams from Angola, Mozambique, Brazil and the Republic of China have already arrived in Namibia to investigate the cause of the plane crash.
An investigation team from Botswana is also expected to arrive in the country during the cause of Monday.
Nengola said the teams, together with Namibian air crash investigators, are currently holding meetings to map the way forward.
The Mozambican Airlines plane was en route to Angola from Mozambique, but crashed in Namibian territory, killing all 34 people on board at about 13h00.
It has been reported that the aircraft developed problems mid-air in Botswana air space but crashed in the Zambezi Region of Namibia.
The crashed Embraer 190 flight was manufactured in Brazil.
As per international norms, the investigation of a plane crash should not exceed 30 working days.
Meanwhile, the wreckage of the aircraft will be transported to the Rundu airport, where it will be quarantined in a hanger for a complete and detailed investigation.