By Leo King
Jacksonville Transportation Examiner
A Florida aviator died in Dubai on September 3 when a Boeing 747-400 he was helping to fly for UPS crashed in an unpopulated area.
UPS confirmed that First Officer Matthew Bell of Sanford and Capt. Doug Lampe of Louisville, Ky. lost their lives in the crash of Flight 6. They were the only people aboard. The cargo aircraft was en route to Cologne, Germany. It crashed near the international airport shortly after takeoff.
Arabianbusiness.com reported today the digital flight data recorder was recovered on Tuesday, according to a newswire report.
The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said it found the recorder in a reasonable condition Tuesday morning.
The cockpit voice recorder was recovered on September 4, approximately six hours after the accident. The two recorders will shortly be sent to the USA for analysis.
Officials will begin removing wreckage of the crashed aircraft from the site tomorrow to transfer it to a secure place.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) dispatched aviation investigators to assist the government of UAE in its investigation.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman designated senior air safety investigator Bill English as the U.S. representative. His team will include NTSB specialists in the areas of human performance, fire, operations, and systems. The team will also include technical advisors from the FAA, Boeing, UPS, GE and Independent Pilots Assn.
“This is a terrible tragedy, and all of us at UPS extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of both of these crewmembers,” said UPS CEO Scott Davis. “Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them during this difficult time.”
He said the UPS Family Assistance Team is working with the victims’ families.
Bell, 38, had been with UPS since 2006 and Lampe, 48, had been with UPS since 1995. Both crewmembers flew out of UPS’s Anchorage, Alaska pilot base.
The aircraft, tail number N571UP, was three years old, entering UPS service off the Boeing production line in September 2007. The airframe had flown 9,977 hours, completing 1,764 takeoffs and landings. It was up to date on all maintenance, having just completed a major inspection in June 2010, according to UPS.
The shipping company said it owns a dozen 747-400s, eight of which are new, and four of which have been purchased from other carriers and adapted for UPS use. The aircraft, which has a payload capacity of nearly 258,600 pounds, is used on long-range international routes, such as the regular Dubai-Cologne routing.