Caribbean Airlines Flight Recorders From Guyana Crash In U.S.


News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. Aug. 3, 2011: The flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the Caribbean Airlines flight that crashed in Guyana on July 30th are now in the U.S.

The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that they are in receipt of the recorders, and at the request of the Guyana authorities, NTSB officials in Washington, DC will download and read out data on both to try to ascertain the cause of the crash.

On July 30th at approximately 1:25 am (EDT), Caribbean Airlines flight 523, en route from Trinidad to Guyana, overran the runway during landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.

Miraculously, no one died. Preliminary information from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has indicated that one serious and multiple minor injuries were reported aboard the Boeing 737-800, carrying 156 passengers and six crew members.

The NTSB has designated Bob Benzon as the U.S. Accredited representative to lead the U.S. team overseeing the investigation.

The team includes seven NTSB staff with expertise in operations, meteorology, airworthiness, survival factors, and aircraft performance as well as representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

The Guyana CAA is leading the accident investigation.

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