A group of transport security officers looked for a voice recorder from the severely burned fuselage of a Japan Airways airplane Friday, in search of essential data on what triggered a collision with a small coast guard airplane on the runway at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
In the meantime, JAL additionally began utilizing heavy equipment to take away among the particles for storage in a hangar to permit the runway to reopen.
Six specialists from the Japan Transport Security Board, walked by way of the mangled particles of the Airbus A350-900 that was mendacity on the runway trying to find the voice knowledge recorder.
JTSB specialists have up to now secured each the flight and voice knowledge recorders from the coast guard’s Bombardier Sprint-8 and a flight knowledge recorder from the JAL airplane to seek out out what occurred in the previous couple of minutes earlier than Tuesday’s deadly collision.
All 379 occupants of JAL Flight 516 safely evacuated inside 18 minutes of touchdown because the plane was engulfed in flames. The pilot of the coast guard airplane additionally escaped, however its 5 different crewmembers have been killed.
New particulars have additionally emerged from media footage at Haneda airport. NHK tv reported footage from its monitoring digicam arrange on the Haneda airport confirmed that the coast guard airplane moved on to the runway and stopped there for about 40 seconds earlier than the collision.
Within the footage, the coast guard plane is seen coming into the runway from the C5 taxiway, then shortly after the passenger airplane touches down proper behind and rams into it, creating an orange fireball. The JAL airliner, coated with flames and spewing grey smoke, continues down the runway earlier than coming to a cease.
Transcript of the recorded communication on the site visitors management, launched by the transport ministry Wednesday, confirmed that the air site visitors controller advised the coast guard airplane to taxi to a holding place simply earlier than the runway, noting its No. 1 departure precedence. The coast guard pilot repeats the instruction, then provides thanks for the No. 1 slot. There was no additional instruction from the management permitting the coast guard to enter the runway.
The pilot advised police investigators that his plane was struck simply as he powered up the engines after acquiring clearance to take off.
The small lights on the coast guard plane and its 40-second cease may need made it much less seen to the JAL pilots and air site visitors management. NHK additionally mentioned that air site visitors management officers might have missed an alert system for unauthorized runway entry whereas partaking in different operations.
The JTSB investigators on Friday deliberate to interview seven JAL cabin attendants to get their accounts, after their comparable interviews with the three pilots and two different attendants the day earlier than.
As plane producer, Airbus officers are additionally becoming a member of the investigation, a requirement below worldwide aviation security guidelines, in accordance with the board.