Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali disintegrated on impact.


New York (AirGuide Features - Inside Air Travel) Fri, Aug 8, 2014 - The Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali killing 116 people last month disintegrated when it hit the ground, though a "deliberate act" of sabotage can't yet be ruled out, safety experts said today. A dysfunctional cockpit voice recorder is slowing the probe as work continues to establish if stormy weather in the area on the fringes of the Sahara desert was to blame for the tragedy, the BEA, France's air-accident investigator, said today. Analysis of so-called black-boxes from the McDonnell Douglas (BA) MD-83 plane will have to rely on the flight-data recorder in the absence of cockpit recordings, together with radio transmissions, weather reports and physical evidence. The civil aviation bureau in Mali, a former French colony, has turned to the BEA for assistance following the July 24 crash in which 110 passengers died, 50 of them French citizens. While investigators haven't ruled out foul play, the plane veered from its planned path as if to avoid storms known to be present and descended rapidly, falling 1,600 feet in its last second before shattering as it hit the ground. An initial report on findings will be published in mid-September. "The impact was extremely violent," Remi Jouty, director of the BEA or Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses, said in a press briefing at Le Bourget outside Paris. The jet's last recorded speed was 740 kilometers an hour (460 miles per hour), he said. Maintenance Question Investigators will also examine why the cockpit voice-recorder failed and what kind of maintenance was performed on the black boxes before the flight. The data recorder should still provide information across dozens of parameters including the plane's position and altitude, engine performance, flap settings and how the autopilot was set up. Shortly after the accident, French...

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