Italian ATR inquiry obtains flight-recorder data

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Italian investigators have extracted data from the two flight recorders retrieved from the ATR 72-500 wrecked in a landing accident at Rome Fiumicino.

The aircraft, operated by Carpatair on behalf of Alitalia, was badly damaged after arriving from Pisa on 2 February.

Italian investigation authority ANSV says it downloaded the data from the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders in co-operation with public prosecutors.

"The operation went smoothly and the data was read," says ANSV, adding that it is preparing to analyse the information.

The recovered equipment was subsequently returned to judicial authorities, the investigators state, because it remains "in a state of seizure".

ANSV has previously publicly clashed with the country's judiciary over access to flight-recorder information, notably in the wake of a Cessna executive jet crash in Rome in February 2009.

It reiterates that its "sole objective" regarding the ATR accident is to determine the cause of the accident, for the purpose of prevention, and that the courts are tasked with establishing responsibility.