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Black box, 10 bodies found from Malaysia plane crash

Bangkok, Aug 18 (EFE).- Rescue teams in Malaysia recovered a black box and 10 bodies after a small plane crashed on a highway, where it collided with a car and motorcycle near the capital Kuala Lumpur, local media said Friday.

The cockpit voice recorder and bodies of the 10 deceased – the eight passengers of the plane and those in the car and motorcycle – were recovered Thursday, according to media reports.

Selangor Police Chief Hussein Omar Khan, from the state where the incident occurred, said from the scene that investigators had recovered one of the black boxes, which records the voices from the cabin, and had sent it for analysis.

The other black box, which records the flight data, has not yet been found.

“The bodies and body parts found will be sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for forensic analysis,” Hussein said.

One of the victims was the chairman of the local Government, Housing and Environment Committee of the state of Pahang in the west of the Malaysian peninsula.

Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement Thursday that the plane, a Beechcraft Model 390, crashed near the town of Elmina while fyling between the island of Langkawi and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport in Subang, near Kuala Lumpur.

The plane was operated by Jet Valet, an exclusive private flight service.

The Selangor Police Chief then stated that the incident occurred shortly before receiving the green light to land.

“However, two minutes before landing, the plane lost control and hit a motorcycle and a car as it crashed into the road,” Hussein said.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said they expressed their condolences to the victims on Facebook.

According to the photos and videos of the incident, you can see the immediate moments of the collision, with a column of smoke and a blackened area of asphalt.

Police are investigating the causes of the incident and the identities of the victims. EFE


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