Thai crash recorders retrieved as death toll rises

Singapore
Source: Flightglobal.com
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Recovery teams have retrieved the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the One-Two-Go Boeing MD-82 that crashed at Phuket airport yesterday (16 September), as the death toll has risen to 90.

Thai transport minister Thira Haocharoen told reporters on the resort island of Phuket this afternoon that both the FDR and CVR have been retrieved from the wreckage of the aircraft and they will be sent to either Australia or the USA for decoding.

The MD-82 crashed on landing at Phuket airport shortly before 16:00 yesterday in daylight but in heavy rain and strong winds, according to investigators.

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On board were 123 passengers and seven crew members and earlier today the death toll stood at 87, but it has now risen to 90, according to the government-run Thai News Agency. Some of the 40 people who survived the crash reportedly have life-threatening injuries.

Phuket airport remains closed to commercial flights this afternoon.