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Cockpit Voice Recorder Recovered From Cargo Plane That Crashed Into Trinity Bay

Both the mud and depth of the water had made it difficult for crews to uncover the bodies and the black box.

The jumbo jet had departed from Miami and was likely moments from landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston when it crashed into Trinity Bay.

The cockpit voice recorder from the Boeing 767 cargo plane that crashed Saturday in Trinity Bay has been recovered, according to a tweet from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The voice recorder is now being transported to the NTSB labs in D.C. where it will be analyzed. An NTSB spokesperson confirmed they’re still searching for the flight data recorder.

Atlas Air was operating the plane for Amazon when it nose-dived into the bay’s shallow water, killing all three men on board.

Both the mud and depth of the water had made it difficult for crews to uncover the bodies and the black box.

To date, they have recovered the bodies of two of the three people who were aboard the Houston-bound flight.

The bodies recovered have been identified as those of Conrad Aska, the 44-year-old first officer and co-pilot of the Atlas Air flight, and Sean Archuleta, a 36-year-old pilot who was on the flight as a passenger, according to a Monday statement from the sheriff’s office. A third person on the flight, Capt. Ricky Blakely, is believed to be dead, but his body has not been located. 

 

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