US Aviation Experts Assist in Investigation of Malaysian Plane Crash

US aviation safety experts have joined the investigation into a plane crash in Malaysia that claimed the lives of all eight people on board and two individuals on the ground. The Beechcraft Model 390 aircraft crashed and exploded into a fireball on impact on a road in Selangor state, close to Kuala Lumpur. A team of investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration, and the aircraft manufacturer are assisting in the search for clues at the crash site.

One of the key pieces of evidence recovered so far is the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), which is currently being analyzed by Malaysian air accident investigators. The CVR captures the final conversations of the flight crew and other sounds that occurred within the cockpit. However, the aircraft did not have a flight data recorder, which would have provided additional important data about the flight.

The small plane had taken off from the island of Langkawi and was approaching Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Selangor when the crash occurred. The Transport Minister revealed that the plane had been cleared to land but veered off course before crashing. This incident is a tragic reminder of a similar disaster that took place in the same area in 1977, when a Japan Airlines plane headed for Singapore crashed, resulting in the loss of 34 lives.

The assistance from US aviation experts in this investigation underscores the importance of international collaboration in identifying the causes of aviation accidents. By pooling together expertise and resources, it becomes possible to gain a comprehensive understanding of the incident. Hopefully, the findings from this joint effort will provide valuable insights into preventing similar tragedies in the future.

Sources:
– AFP
– Malaysian police chief Mohamad Iqbal Ibrahim
– Malaysian police chief Razarudin Husain
– Transport Minister Anthony Loke