The black box and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), which hold the key to investigations into the tragic May 22 Mangalore Air India crash, would be sent to USA, where it would be decoded.
Top sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) — the civil aviation safety regulator — said they had decided to use the services of the best available lab in the world.
“We don’t want to take any chances. We have decided to send the black box and CVR to the best lab in USA. Certain formalities need to be completed before this can be done and we are in the process of completing them,” a DGCA official said.
Sources said the laboratory of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an autonomous agency of the US government, could be used for this purpose. A three-member team of the NTSB is already in Delhi coordinating closely with the DGCA team probing the case.
“Though the CVR was recovered in partially damaged state — affected by fire — it is expected to yield the desired information. Digital Flight Data Recorder commonly known as Black Box, the most vital source of information, has also been impacted by the crash,” the official said.
A Court of Inquiry into the crash is likely to be set-up by next week.