Canadian investigators to analyse crashed 737's FDR

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Canadian investigators are to analyse the flight-data recorder from the Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 which crashed in Cameroon on 5 May, as the search continues for the cockpit-voice recorder.

Representatives of the Cameroonian and Kenyan Governments plus a team comprising accident investigators and airline officials have travelled to the Canadian Transportation Safety Board to monitor the work.

Efforts are continuing at the accident site outside of Douala to pump water from the area. A spokesman for Kenya Airways says: “This process hopefully will assist in tracing the cockpit-voice recorder.”

Kenya Airways flight KQ507 came down shortly after take-off from Douala on a flight to Nairobi, with the loss of all 115 occupants. Cameroon formally opened an inquiry into the accident on 18 May.

Recovery of victims is still being carried out and DNA identification is to be conducted in Bosnia – a country selected because of its experience in the field and its neutrality with respect to the nationalities of passengers on the aircraft.

Kenya Airways has underlined its commitment to safety, stating that – as a member of IATA – it is scheduled to undergo an operational safety audit on 20 July. The airline insists that it complies strictly with pilot training requirements and flight-time limitations.

It also says that it conducts safety audits of all the destinations on its network every two years and that Douala had been scheduled to be audited on 20-24 August this year.

This programme led to the airline’s temporarily suspending domestic flights to Kisumu last year, and services to Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, because of concerns over runway conditions. Kenya Airways also opted against operating to Juba in Sudan because facilities did not meet safety standards.