Black box data from chopper crash inconclusive, says report

The black box that was recovered from the helicopter that crashed in Semenyih on April 4 is seen at the Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya, April 6, 2015. — Bernama pic
The black box that was recovered from the helicopter that crashed in Semenyih on April 4 is seen at the Ministry of Transport in Putrajaya, April 6, 2015. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — The black box of the helicopter that crashed in Semenyih did not reveal why the aircraft exploded mid-air, the New Straits Times (NST) reported today.

The report by the local daily quoted anonymous sources in the investigation team as saying that UK investigators could not retrieve as much data from the helicopter’s flight data recorder as they had hoped, and that they would now focus on the reconstruction of the Eurocopter AS365 N2 Dauphin helicopter.

“The results of the data downloaded from the flight data recorder, also known as black box, were not conclusive,” a source was quoted saying yesterday.

“It did not specify any indications or reasons as to why the helicopter had exploded in mid-air during the flight. However, the team hopes that the combination of both black box data and reconstruction of the wreckage would provide answers to what had happened that fateful evening on April 4,” the source added.

NST reported that although most of the helicopter parts were destroyed in the fatal crash, specific components that could provide answers to the air accident were still intact.

The helicopter’s flight data recorder was sent to the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) for analysis.

Six people were killed when the helicopter crashed en route from Kuantan to Sungai Besi on April 4, including Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis and the prime minister’s private chief secretary Datuk Azlin Alias.