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US official: No sign of bomb in Dubai plane crash

US official: No sign of bomb in Dubai plane crash

There is no evidence that the crash of a United Parcel Service plane near Dubai in September was caused by a bomb, a U.S. official familiar with the investigation of the accident said Tuesday.
Crash investigators found no "pressure signature" indicative of an explosion on the Boeing 747-400's flight data recorder, the official said. Nor was there the sound of an explosion on the plane's voice recorder, said the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and asked not to be named.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators are assisting United Arab Emirates authorities with the investigation. They brought the recorders to Washington shortly after the accident to download the data in the board's laboratory.
Investigators still do not know what caused the fire that erupted on the plane's main cargo deck less than a half hour after the aircraft took off from Dubai. Pilots, who turned the plane around, reported smoke so thick in the cockpit that they couldn't read the instruments or adjust the radio.
After the crash, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning to air carriers about the risks of fires caused by lithium batteries, which are used in consumer products like watches, cameras, cell phones and laptop computers. The FAA warning noted that the UPS plane was carrying a large quantity of the batteries.


Updated : 2021-03-08 09:44 GMT+08:00