Sundance crash investigated

Early investigations point to either pilot error or catastrophic structural failure as the cause of the Sundance plane crash.

Early investigations point to either pilot error or catastrophic structural failure as the cause of the Sundance plane crash.

The aircraft was found on the western ridge of the Avima Range at Dima, located 30 kilometres from Yangadou in The Congo (Brazzaville), which indicated the craft was most likely on descent and that the pilot may have become disorientated in the clouds and crashed, Congolese civil aviation head Michael Ambendet said.

Following discovery of the crash site on Monday, investigators estimated it may still take some time before all the bodies can be recovered.

It will take longer than families would wish to repatriate the bodies, Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith said.

It could take several days or possibly longer than that due to diplomatic protocols, Sundance Resources’ acting chief executive George Jones told Channel 7.

Currently the miner has 90 staff in the country attempting to speed up the extradition process.

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