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Plane crash in Fort Smith: voice recorder intact

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The Transportation Safety Board in Gatineau, Quebec.

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The Security Office Transportation of Canada (TSB) confirms that the voice recorder recovered from the wreckage of the plane that crashed near Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, is intact. It will help to elucidate what caused the accident that caused the death of six people.

The flight recorder, which was located in the tail of the aircraft, was not damaged by the powerful blaze which caused the loss of approximately 80% of the plane after it crashed.

On January 23, the Northwestern Air Lease Jetstream aircraft, with five passengers and two crew members on board, crashed shortly after takeoff. According to preliminary information provided by the TSB, the plane struck terrain and trees.

The recorder was covered in soot, but did not had not melted, according to the TSB. However, until it was sent to Ottawa for analysis, there remained doubt as to its completeness.

The time of the accident was recorded, the data is of good quality and will really help the investigation, said Western Regional Director for the Transportation Safety Board, Jon Lee.

The contents of the recorder will also help determine any potential security gaps.

If we discover a security issue with this information, we will contact the affected parties, such as Transport Canada or the aircraft operator, to resolve the issue.

A quote from Jon Lee, Director Western Regional for the Transportation Safety Board

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Jon Lee is the Western Regional Director for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

Jon Lee says the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act prevents him from disclose this data while the investigation is ongoing.

Wreckage of the plane remains at the crash site near the Fort Smith airport. Attempts to move it by helicopter to Edmonton failed earlier this week due to unfavorable weather conditions.

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According to a preliminary TSB report, the Jetstream type aircraft came into contact with trees and terrain before crashing crash and catch fire shortly after takeoff.

An insurance company is responsible for transporting the wreckage to the TSB regional office in Edmonton and cleaning up the accident scene.

She has not yet confirmed a date for her trip.

Municipal councilor Louise Beaulieu can't wait for the wreck to be removed from crash site: For the families and the community [it will be] some relief to know that the investigation is moving forward to hopefully get some answers about what happened .

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The Fort Smith community thanked first responders for their help after the plane crash.

When the pieces and debris of the plane ;plane will be in Edmonton, the TSB will continue its analysis, with the help of three investigators from the United Kingdom.

We will carry out a technical review of the “deep wreck in Edmonton and, depending on what happens, we could decide to send the engines to an overhaul center, says Jon Lee.

Jet engines are quite complex. They require specialized tools for disassembly.

A quote from Jon Lee, Western Regional Director for the Transportation Safety Board

The TSB cannot confirm, at this time, the duration of the investigation.

We have a goal of 450 days, but, at the beginning, we don't have a lot of information on how this investigation will unfold, or the direction it could take. It could take less than 450 days or it could be longer. […] We are only starting to analyze what we have recovered, he adds.

With information from Carla Ulrich

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