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As a further step to establishing what led to the crash of Whyalla Airlines flight 904 last Wednesday 31 May, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the South Australia Police are arranging to salvage the wreckage of the Piper Chieftain from Spencer Gulf.

Although only one facet of the investigation, specialist examination of the wreckage is important to assist in establishing the airworthiness of the aircraft immediately prior to the accident. In addition, the crashworthiness of the aircraft, and its effect on the surviveability of its occupants will be examined.

In the meantime, collection and analysis of other evidence associated with the accident continues.

Media contact: Peter Saint B: (02) 6274 6590, M: (0408) 497 016
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Last update 01 April 2011