THERE is a special communication system installed in the Beechcraft King Air BE350 aircraft that crashed and killed nine persons in a resort in Barangay Pansol, Calamba City, Lagun a that could explain what went wrong despite the absence of a black box, investigators said on Monday.
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) spokesman Eric Apolonio said Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) probers were looking for the special communication system to determine the conversation between the pilot and the control tower before the crash on sunday.
According to a website, “although the plane did not have a black box, it contained electronic recording equipment.”
The recorder provides details of conversations between the crew and air traffic control as well as conversations between the pilot and co-pilot seconds before the accident.
He added the agency’s AAIIB is still collecting evidence to determine the cause of the crash.
The Beechcraft, a medical evacuation aircraft with registry number RP-C2296, took off at Dipolog Airport in Zamboanga del Norte and crashed at a residential/resort killing nine persons onboard, including the pilot and his co-pilot.
CAAP reports said it lost radar contact at around 3:10 p.m. while flying 25 nautical miles from Manila.
The plane reportedly flew erratically for several seconds before it crashed and exploded upon impact to the ground.
Two persons, caretakers of the resort, were injured in the plane crash.