Another flight recorder salvaged from sunken Air Niugini wreck

Boaters on Weno island in Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia respond to the crash of Air Niugini Flight 73 earlier this morning in Chuuk. All 46 people aboard are safe, said airport Manager Jimmy Emilio. Picture: Courtesy of Bill Davis through PACNEWS

CHUUK, 04 OCTOBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Lead investigator of the crashed Air Niugini aircraft in the Federated States of Micronesia reported Wednesday that another recorder has been retrieved from the Boeing 737 aircraft.

Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase released the report produced by investigator-in-charge of the FSM investigation at Chuuk.

The investigator-in-charge of the FSM investigation into the crash of the Air Niugini aircraft at Chuuk said “civilian divers contracted by FSM recovered the enhanced ground proximity warning system from the aircraft in the Chuuk Lagoon at 11am today”.

The EGPWS is a system in the aircraft designed to alert pilots if the aircraft is in immediate danger of flying into the ground or an obstacle.

Manase said “the FSM IIC has advised that diving will continue on Thursday to recover the cockpit voice recorder and other recording devices from the aircraft. The US Navy divers will now join the contracted divers to search for the recorders in an area below the floor that is crushed and difficult to access.

“The investigator-in-charge has confirmed that once the recorders have been retrieved they will be transported to the PNG AIC laboratory in Port Moresby, accompanied by FSM investigators for data downloading and analysis to determine the cause of the accident.”

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