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    ATW Online; Friday 01 March 2019
    NTSB recovers crashed Atlas Air 767 cockpit voice recorder

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced on March 1 that it has recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from an Atlas Air Boeing 767-300 freighter six days after it crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, killing three people on board.

    In a posting on Twitter, the agency said it was transporting the CVR to its recorders laboratory in Washington DC, for examination. There was no mention of the aircraft’s flight data recorder.

    Searchers have been hampered in recovering wreckage from the crash by the muddy bottom of the marshland where the aircraft went down, a part of Galveston Bay near the city of Anahuac, Texas.


    Atlas Air flight 3591, a cargo flight being operated for Amazon Air, crashed in the water body Feb. 23 while on approach to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Eyewitness accounts and video posted online by news sites reveal the aircraft making a steep dive into the bay. The NTSB has said it is studying another video it received from the Chambers County Jail.

    The Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224, which represented crew members on the flight, on March 1 identified them as Capt. Ricky Blakely, First Officer Conrad Jules Aska and Mesa Airlines pilot Sean Archuleta, who reportedly was seated in the jump seat.

    Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines operates flights as United Express. United Airlines issued a statement saying it was “saddened to learn that one of the three men who died in the accident, Mesa Airlines Capt. Sean Archuleta, who was jumpseating on the flight, had recently been hired here at United and planned to join us in March.”

    The pilots union is participating in the crash investigation, which the NTSB leads. Other parties to the investigation are Atlas Air, Boeing, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and GE Aviation, manufacturer of the aircraft’s CF6-80C2 engines.

    By: Bill Carey
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    The flight data recorder from the Atlas Air Boeing 767-300 that crashed in a Texas bay on Feb. 23 has been recovered. - NTSB
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    ATW Online; Sunday 03 March 2019
    Searchers find FDR from crashed Atlas Air 767 freighter

    The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced March 3 that it has recovered the flight data recorder (FDR) from the Atlas Air Boeing 767-300 freighter that crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, late last month.

    In a posting on Twitter, NTSB said the FDR - which searchers pulled from the muddy, shallow bay - was being transported to its laboratory in Washington DC for evaluation.

    On March 1, NTSB reported recovering the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).

    The two devices will help explain the aircraft’s and the pilots’ status before the freighter crashed Feb. 23 on approach to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport while delivering packages for Amazon and other cargo.

    By: Bill Carey
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    Chron.com; Tuesday 05 March 2019
    NTSB: Atlas Air crew lost control 18 seconds before black box stopped recording

    Crew members of the doomed Atlas Air flight 3591 that plunged into Trinity Bay last month appear to have lost control of the plane 18 seconds before the plane's cockpit voice recorder stopped recording, the NTSB reported Tuesday after a preliminary review of the audio from the device.

    Capts. Ricky Blakely and Sean Archuleta as well as First Officer Conrad Jules Aska all died when the Boeing 767 cargo plane plummeted into the murky waters near Anahuac around noon Feb. 23. Blakely and Aska were flying the plane, while Archuleta was riding in a jump seat. The Atlas jet was carrying cargo for Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service.

    National Transportation Safety Board investigators continue to comb through the shallow waters to recover the plane piece-by-piece but have already begun analyzing the plane's two black boxes – one that records voices in the cockpit and another that records flight data.

    The voice recorder captured about two hours of audio inside the cockpit, consistent with the plane's flight from Miami to Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. The recording is of low quality, investigators said.

    While at some points during the flight the crew's back-and-forth is difficult to distinguish, authorities are using "advanced audio filtering" to clear up the data.

    About 18 seconds before the black box stopped recording, the crew members made communications "consistent with a loss control of the aircraft," investigators said. They had already radioed the air traffic control tower at Bush, which is 40 miles away from the crash site.

    By: Jay R. Jordan
    Source: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-t...8-13664793.php
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