Sailor hopes fade

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The UAE’s avi­a­tion au­thor­ity says its in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the flydubai crash that left 62 peo­ple dead is con­tin­u­ing and it is still col­lect­ing data. The General Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity said anal­y­sis of in­for­ma­tion is on­go­ing and will cover ev­ery as­pect of the in­ci­dent, from the crew, main­te­nance of the air­craft and the weather. Re­spond­ing to spec­u­la­tion on what may have caused the crash, Saif Mo­hamed Al Suwaidi, GCAA Di­rec­tor-General, said: “Be­fore the data is fully ex­am­ined, it would be pre­ma­ture to hy­poth­e­sise on the cause of the ac­ci­dent. “There has been spec­u­la­tion as to the cause of the ac­ci­dent, and also a ref­er­ence to sup­posed de­tails of the con­tents of the cock­pit voice recorder [CVR] has ap­peared in the me­dia. “In this re­gard the GCAA would urge re­spect for the feel­ings of the rel­a­tives of the vic­tims and the in­tegrity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process. Spec­u­la­tion serves no pur­pose and can only re­sult in need­less anx­i­ety and con­cern.” The GCAA Di­rec­tor-General said that all of the CVR data, which cov­ers the fi­nal two hours of the flight, has been down­loaded and is be­ing ex­am­ined. Is­maeil Al Hosani, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor-General of the Air Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Sec­tor, said: “Ex­am­i­na­tion and tran­scrip­tion of the CVR is de­tailed and time-con­sum­ing work which is car­ried out very care­fully in­clud­ing a word-by-word anal­y­sis of all speech and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of the flight crew, and also anal­y­sis of sounds heard in the cock­pit.” The search is con­tin­u­ing for a miss­ing sailor who was on board a cargo ship that sank off the Shar­jah coast on Wed­nes­day. But au­thor­i­ties said there is now lit­tle chance of find­ing the man alive. Police said there were seven crew mem­bers on board the ves­sel and that six were res­cued by the Coast Guard. “Four crew mem­bers were un­hurt, while the other two, an In­dian and an Ira­nian, were taken to Kuwaiti and Al Qasimi hos­pi­tals,” police said. “They sus­tained se­ri­ous to mod­er­ate in­juries, but their con­di­tion is sta­ble.” When asked about the sev­enth miss­ing sailor, the Coast Guard said: “We be­lieve he is dead as he went miss­ing five days ago.”

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