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We want to retrieve the data fast, says Loke on why CVR needed to be sent abroad

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KUALA LUMPUR: The decision to send the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) to Singapore and then to its manufacturer in the United States is to ensure that the data retrieval process can be done as soon as possible.

“It is not a question of why we don’t want to do it in Malaysia,” Transport Minister Anthony Loke said, explaining the need for the CVR to be sent abroad for analysis.

“We received the CVR and brought it to the lab but the damage was extensive and that purchasing the right equipment for it would take months.

“So, the decision was made for the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) to fly to Singapore to seek assistance in extracting the data.”

He said it was normal under circumstances such as this that the investigation team sought the help of other parties, be it locally or abroad.

“It is not a question of national ego, that’s why the aviation community has cooperation (with others to assist),” he said in a Press conference after launching the Malaysia Aviation Safety Seminar 2023.

Loke earlier said that the CVR will be sent to its manufacturer in Florida, United States following difficulties faced by the Singaporean investigators to retrieve its data.

He said there were several technical issues arising from the data extraction that required it to be sent to its original equipment manufacturer for further checks.

The CVR was earlier sent to Singapore to assist in recovering the final 30 minutes of the voice recording data after the AAIB had faced difficulties in obtaining data from it was badly damaged.

Last Thursday, a Beechcraft Model 390 (Premier 1) six-seater aircraft registered as N28JV, crashed near Elmina, Shah Alam during its approach into Subang Airport from Langkawi.

The crash resulted in the loss of all eight individuals aboard the aircraft, and two road users.

Source: New Straits Times

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