Cockpit voice recorder of plane in Calamba crash to be sent to Australia for analysis

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Posted at Sep 12 2019 06:29 PM

Aircraft accident investigators turn over items retrieved from the wreckage of the light plane that crashed in Calamba City on Sept. 1, including the cockpit voice recorder that is critical in the investigation. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines/Handout

MANILA - An Australian firm will analyze the cockpit voice recorder retrieved from the small plane that crashed in Calamba City on Sept. 1, killing 9.

In a statement Thursday, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said the third-party firm would decode the contents of the recorder, a device that records the flight crew's voices and other sounds in the cockpit in flight.

"The data that will be gathered from the recorder will help aid (our) AAIIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board) investigators in determining the cause of the crash," CAAP said.

Items such as cash, jewelry, documents, and passports belonging to the victims were also retrieved from the plane.

The wreckage was, meanwhile, transported to the CAAP hangar at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport aviation complex in Pasay City on Sept. 8.

"This development will now commence the reconstruction process for the aircraft as investigators continue to probe what caused the accident," CAAP said.

CAAP said its AAIIB would release a report once it concludes the investigation.

The 11-seater King AIR 350 medical evacuation plane was on its way to Manila from Dipolog City when it crashed in Barangay Pansol, Calamba. Among those killed were two pilots, a doctor, two nurses, the patient and his wife, and two others.