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Black box readings completed, but nothing to disclose yet: council

2014/07/28 17:32:53

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council said Monday that it has finished deciphering the two black boxes retrieved from the crash site of a TransAsia Airways flight last week and that information from the boxes be will disclosed soon after confirmation.

A total of 138 pieces of data have been extracted from the 180 parameters measured by the two black boxes -- the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) -- according to Wang Hsing-chung, the council's managing director.

Some of the parameters did not generate any data, Wang said.

Transcripts of the conversation in the plane's cockpit and communications between the pilot and the tower are still being made, and they have to be double-checked before some of their content is made public, Wang said.

Taiwanese law prohibits releasing the transcripts word for word, the council said, but it will summarize the findings for the public.

The summaries on what was found in the black boxes are expected to be provided on July 30 at the earliest, but Wang would not confirm a date.

"We don't have a timetable," he said after the council's first investigation meeting on Monday, which decided to set up nine groups to examine different aspects of the plane crash.

The areas to be covered include flight operations, maintenance, flight control, weather, and navigation, with the findings to be reviewed on a daily basis by the investigation team, the council said.

Foreign aviation experts will also participate in the process, it said.

A formal report on the accident will be presented to the International Civil Aviation Organization in three stages, with the first, to be completed in late August, covering initial findings on the crash, according to Wang.

Data and figures will be required within three to four months, followed by a complete report in one year, he said.

TransAsia flight GE 222, which took off from Kaohsiung on the evening of July 23, crashed in the outlying island of Penghu after aborting a landing in inclement weather and trying to fly a go-around, leaving 48 of the 58 people on board dead.

(By Angela Tsai and Lee Hsin-Yin)