NTSB examines data recorder from turbulent United flight
December 30, 1997
The flight data recorder from United Airlines Flight 826 may yield answers about turbulence
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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
"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
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.