Crashed plane black box recovered

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The Flight Data Recorder and Voice Cockpit Recorder of the 19-seater Beechcraft plane that crashed in Nigeria about six months ago have been recovered, the local press reported Friday. The instruments were discovered by a search team comprising aviation officials and military men, 13 days after the wreckage of the plane was found in a dense forest in Obalinku council area of southern Cross River state. They were given to the commandant of the army’s 130 battalion in the area for safe keeping, before being finally handed over to the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) which is investigating the cause of the accident. The aircraft, operated by the charter company Wings Aviation, disappeared 15 March 2008 during a flight from the commercial city of Lagos to the Obudu resort in Cross River. Three crew members were on board at the time of the crash. Their remains, found at the site of the wreckage, have been sent for DNA tests.

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