By Ed Attwood
Civil aviation authority moves to quash media speculation over terrorism links
A bomb is unlikely to have been the cause of the UPS cargo jet crash in Dubai in September, the UAE’s civil aviation authority has said.
The agency’s announcement comes amid local media speculation linking the accident in Dubai, which killed the two pilots, and the recent explosive devices that were found on UPS and FedEx planes bound for the US over the weekend.
In a statement to state news agency WAM, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said that the possibility of an onboard explosion on the UPS Boeing 747-400 was regarded as unlikely, and that investigations were ongoing.
"In addition, as per standard accident investigation protocol, following the retrieval of flight recorders from the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CRV), commonly known as black box, the GCAA investigation team has thoroughly analysed the technical data and has concluded that there was no presence of acoustic evidence or any forensic indication supporting the detonation of an explosive device," the press statement said.
On Friday, Officials at Dubai airport intercepted a package addressed to a synagogue in Chicago in a FedEx facility, while another package was found on board a UPS flight at East Midlands airport in the UK.
The UPS cargo plane crashed in an unpopulated area of Dubai on 3 September, after experiencing cockpit visibility and communications problems.
The GCAA added that the investigation teams for the UPS crash incident are scheduled to return to the USA in three weeks to coordinate further investigation activities with Boeing and other relevant agencies there as the cause of the accident is determined.