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Dan Air Boeing Crash (Tenerife)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade, pursuant to his reply to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe, on 6 May, how serious the damage to the cockpit voice recorder of the Dan Air Boeing 727 which crashed at Tenerife on 25 April was in terms of loss of information expected from the readout; and what additional information he has received about the crash since his statement to the House on 28 April.

No information was lost as a result of impact damage from the cockpit voice recorder of the Dan Air Boeing 727 which crashed at Tenerife on 25 April 1980. The recording of the final minutes of the flight have already been transcribed in the United Kingdom while the flight data recording has been readout and analysed in Madrid. The process of co-ordinating the two recordings and synchronising them with the recording of the radio communications with Tenerife airport is now being carried out. Urgent consultations are being conducted with the Spanish Commission which is responsible for conducting the investigation into this accident concerning the release at an early date of an authoritative statement about the accident.