Last month's UPS air crash in Dubai 'not caused by blast'

31st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai last month was not caused by a bomb, the UAE civil aviation authority said on Sunday after an explosives-laden package was found at Dubai airport.

"The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority's ongoing investigation into the UPS Boeing 747-400 accident in Dubai which occurred on 3rd September 2010 has eliminated the possibility of an onboard explosion, following a detailed onsite investigation of the wreckage," state news agency WAM quoted it as saying.

"The GCAA investigation team has thoroughly analysed the technical data and has concluded that there was no presence of acoustic evidence or any forensic signature supporting the detonation of an explosive device," it added.

Two parcels said to have originated in Yemen and to be containing explosives were discovered on Friday in Dubai and at Britain's East Midlands airport.

FedEx said a suspicious package was confiscated "at the FedEx facility in Dubai," while the package discovered in Britain was reportedly posted on UPS.

Analysts speculated in subsequent media reports that the September crash could have been caused by a parcel bomb.

Both the pilot and co-pilot of the United Parcel Service plane were killed when it crashed at a military base on the outskirts of Dubai.

There were no reports of casualties on the ground.

Soon after take-off, the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit and difficulty in maintaining altitude, and attempted to fly back to Dubai airport to land, the UAE aviation authority said at the time.

But the aircraft's approach was too high, and it flew over the airport and made a right turn before quickly shedding altitude and losing radar contact.

"The GCAA investigation into this accident will continue to determine the cause of the onboard fire and crash of the UPS aircraft," the Sunday statement said.

© 2010 AFP

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