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Slovak air crash kills 42, black box found
www.chinaview.cn 2006-01-21 10:23:52

Hungarian rescuers stand guard over the remains of the vitims of the crash.
Bodies covered by sheets lie near the wreckage of a Slovak military aircraft which crashed on Thursday with over 40 people on board, in a forest about 3 km from the Hungarian-Slovak border, January 20, 2006.
    PRAGUE, Jan. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- The remains of all 42 people killed in Thursday's military plane crash have been found and the "black box" registering flight details has been located, the Slovak Defence Ministry said Friday.

    According to reports from Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, the only survivor of the crash is under treatment and was reported to be in a stable condition.

    The plane, which was carrying Slovak soldiers home from a NATO mission in Pristina, Kosovo, crashed and burned in a forest about 3 km from the Hungarian-Slovak border, near the town of Telkibanya, killing all but one of the 43 people on board, including eight crew members.

    According to Slovak Air Force commander Juraj Baranek, the two pilots of the crashed plane were very experienced and they had not reported any malfunction or emergency during the flight. The officer also denied the allegation that the plane had been off-course before the crash.

    Baranek told reporters that he could not rule out weather, technical problems, human error, "or a combination of factors" as a cause of the crash, but the real cause could only be determined after an analysis of the flight data recorded by the "black box."

    The plane was a twin engine An-24 manufactured in 1969. It had gone through five major overhauls and was due to be withdrawn from service in May. Enditem

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