Dubai says no blast in September UPS plane crash

Emirati investigators said there is no evidence a UPS cargo plane that crashed in Dubai in September was brought down by an explosion.

Dubai: Emirati investigators on Sunday said
there is no evidence a UPS cargo plane that crashed in Dubai
in September was brought down by an explosion, heading off
speculation that the accident might be linked to parcel bombs
sent from Yemen.

US President Barack Obama`s counterterrorism adviser
has said American investigators involved in the probe are
taking a closer look at the crash in the wake of last week`s
bomb plot.

Questions about the fate of the three-year-old Boeing
747-400 resurfaced following the discovery of two parcel bombs
sent through international shipping companies at airports in
Dubai and Britain. Authorities say that plot bears the
hallmarks of al Qaeda`s Yemeni offshoot.

The UAE`s General Civil Aviation Authority said in a
statement sent to the state news agency WAM today that the
wreckage and flight recorders of the UPS cargo plane that
crashed September 3 showed no indication of an onboard blast.

"The GCAA investigation team has thoroughly analyzed
the technical data and has concluded that there was no
presence of acoustic evidence or any forensic indication
supporting the detonation of an explosive device," the Emirati
regulator said.

A fire onboard the plane prompted the pilots to turn
back to Dubai shortly after takeoff. Emirati investigators say
the two-man crew struggled with visibility and communication
problems as the cockpit filled with smoke.

The cause of the fire is unknown. Both pilots died
when the plane crashed into a military base after attempting
to make an emergency landing.

US deputy national security adviser John Brennan told
CNN`s `State of the Union` in an interview aired today that
counterterrorism analysts are working with the National
Transportation Safety Board to understand the cause of the
crash.

"The crash of the one plane off of Dubai, we are
looking very carefully at that," Brennan said. "We`re making
sure that we look at possible other events or other
developments that might have some relationship with the most
recent packages that we have discovered."

The Emirates is leading the probe with help from US
and the plane`s manufacturer Boeing Co.

PTI

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