Investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have recovered the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from the Airnorth Embraer EMB-120 turboprop that crashed at Darwin Airport on 22 March.

"The recorders have been transported to the ATSB's technical facilities in Canberra for analysis," says the bureau.

An ATSB team is at the accident site examining and recording on-site physical evidence, interviewing witnesses and studying third-party recordings and documentation, it adds.

"The team is expected to complete the on-site phase of the investigation later this week," says the ATSB.

The aircraft, operated by the Darwin-based Airnorth, crash landed at the airport after experiencing difficulties on a routine training flight. The two pilots on board died in the incident.

It is not known yet what caused the crash. The aircraft, registration VH-ANB, was manufactured in 1989, according to Flightglobal's ACAS database.

The ATSB says it will release a preliminary factual report on the incident, which will highlight the future lines of enquiry, in about 30 days,

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news