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As the wreckage of Whyalla Airlines flight 904 has now been located, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has engaged a South Australian company, which has a vessel with heavy lift capability, to recover the aircraft.

Depending on factors such as the weather, it is expected that the salvage operation would commence early on Friday 9 June.

Once the wreckage has been transported to a secure site a specialist examination will be undertaken 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.

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