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NTSB examines data recorder from turbulent United flight

Flight 826 recorder
The flight data recorder from United Airlines Flight 826 may yield answers about turbulence   
December 30, 1997
Web posted at: 2:00 p.m. EST (1900 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The flight data recorder from the United Airlines flight that encountered severe air turbulence Sunday may contain limited data, the National Transportation Safety Board cautioned.

"Because of the age of the recorder, there are a limited number of parameters or characteristics measured," the safety agency said in a statement.

A 32-year-old Japanese woman died and more than 70 others were injured on Flight 826 when it hit severe turbulence and dropped about 1,000 feet two hours into its flight from Tokyo to Honolulu. The plane safely returned to Tokyo after the incident.

The NTSB is leading the investigation, because it occurred over international waters and the aircraft was U.S.-registered. The flight recorder arrived in Washington Monday night and was taken to the NTSB's laboratory.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 
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