In a major breakthrough, the investigators have found the Black Box of the ill-fated Air India in Mangalore on Sunday..." />
Mangalore, May 24: Even 48 hours after the Mangalore crash, investigators have zeroed in on the area where the black box is. The box is critical in patching together what went wrong on the morning of May 22.
Investigators from the DGCA and the local administration have however, found the cockpit voice recorder on Sunday evening. The CVR records conversation between pilots and the Air Traffic Control.
The digital data flight recorder or the black box is yet to be recovered. The Black Box or the Flight Data Recorder is a device that records specific aircraft performance parameters.
The data recorded by the black box is used for accident investigation, as well as for analysing air safety issues, material degradation and engine performance. It is designed to withstand the force of a high speed impact and intense heat.
The exterior of the device is coated in heat-resistant bright orange paint for high visibility in wreckage and is mounted in plane’s tail section where it’s most likely to survive a severe crash.
Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav announced an interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the kin of the victims, above 12 years of age, Rs 5 lakh for those below 12 years and Rs 2 lakh for those injured.
"This will be over and above the relief of Rs 2 lakh to the families of each victim announced by the Prime Minister," he told reporters here.
He said while 128 bodies have been identified and handed over the families, 12 were yet to be identified. Post mortem was being carried out on 18 bodies.
Teams, probing the worst air tragedy in the country in a decade, continued sifting through the wreckage to find all material required for the investigation being carried out by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The Black Box will be brought to Delhi on Monday where it will be examined by Air Safety Directorate of the DGCA to ascertain what went wrong, official sources said.
Experts of the US Federal Aviation Authority, Boeing and air safety firm Kenyon will assist in deciphering the Black Box and the CVR.
A forensic team from Hyderabad carried out DNA tests on the bodies that have been charred beyond recognition.
158 passengers and six crew members were killed in India’s worst air disaster in a decade when Air India’s budget carrier’s flight IX-812 from Dubai crashed at the Bajpe airport yesterday morning after overshooting the 8,000 feet runway. Eight persons had a miraculous escape.