Crashed Malaysia helicopter's black box to be sent to UK for analysis

PUTRAJAYA - The flight data recorder, or black box, of the helicopter that crashed in Semenyih on Saturday will be sent to the United Kingdom for analysis.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it should take a week for the results to return from the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) in Farnborough.

"The extraction of the data and analysis could take over a week. So we need time.

"This is normal practice as only a few countries have the capability to extract the information from the black box. The results of the analysis will be available soon," he told a press conference.

Two officers from the Civil Aviation Department (DCA) and a police officer will accompany the black box.

Liow said the Ministry has set up a five-member investigation team, headed by Datuk Yahya Abdul Rahman, to probe the cause of the crash. An Accredited Representative from France is expected to join the team.

The black box was found in perfect condition at 11.30am Sunday in the wreckage of the AS365 (9M-IGB) Dauphin 2 helicopter, which crashed in a rubber plantation near Kampung Sungai Pening on Saturday.

The helicopter carrying Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis, the Prime Minister's principal private secretary Datuk Azlin Alias, businessman Datuk Robert Tan, pilot Capt Clifford Fournier; company assistant Aidiana Baizieva and bodyguard Mohd Razkan Seran, 32, crashed in Semenyih, just minutes away from its destination.