AW139 Black Boxes Found

Recovered. The flight data and voice recorders of the crashed AW139.

SHAH ALAM: The flight data and voice recorders of the MMEA AW139 helicopter which crashed off off Kuala Selangor on March 5, were recovered today (April 17) after 44 days of searching. The previous report on the search for the recorders – better known as black boxes in the media.

MMEA director-general Admiral (Maritime) Hamid Mohd Amin said the recorders – were located 760 metres from the crash site, some 1.9 nautical miles south of Pulau Angsa.

Winching up the tail boom.

Hamid said the devices were sent to a laboratory for data analysis to determine the exact cause of the incident.
MMEA divers involved in the search for the black boxes carrying them after arriving on the jetty.

“We expect to receive the analysis results soon, since the black boxes were not severely damaged,” he said in a statement.
Well done.

Hamid said the search operation involved twenty-one divers who faced strong currents and limited visibility due to a muddy seabed. The search was supported by the navy’s National Hydrographic Centre sonar crew, the Air Accident Investigation Bureau, and other maritime and aviation units.
The tail boom of 01 which was winch up onto the boat which was used for the recovery effort. The black boxes were located inside the tail boom. MMEA picture unless indicated.

The four crew men on board the MMEA helicopter AW139 M72-01 were rescued in the incident off Pulau Angsa, located some 30 minutes by boat from the nearest jetty in Jeram, Kuala Selangor. According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), the helicopter left the Subang airport at 9.10am for a training flight.
MMEA infographic on the crash. MMEA.

The last contact made with the helicopter was at 9.20am and though no distress call was received, a search and rescue operation were activated to find the helicopter.
MMEA AW139 M72-01. AW picture.

The wreck of the helicopter was recovered in the early hours of March 6. The wreck was then transported to the MMEA air wing base adjacent to the Subang airport. According to MMEA, tail number 01 has logged in some 5,000 hours since her entry into service in 2010.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Good news that the FDR has been found. Looks like that helicopter is a confirmed writeoff.

    Having flown 5,000 hours in 14 years means that it is airborne fairly frequently. The EC725 fleet for example has an average of 2,500 hours each (30,000 hours fleet overall across 12 airframes)

  2. If I understand correctly the BB was located in the tail boom and that boom is recovered way after the said wreck, meaning it has split off from the main body wreck? So meaning in picture #2 & #5 there is nothing connected past he tail boom section ya?

    Sad to see that we dont have much in the chopper fleet yet what we do have gets wasted in such accidents. Hopefully with the BB we find out the cause and make sure it never happens again. This report needs to go to the Parliament. If it was human error, lets put it out and not protect the pilot(s).

  3. The life of 01 shouldnt end there, maybe can be used to cannibalise for spareparts or else used as educational training (mechanical, engine maint, whatnot).

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