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Gulf Air Crash: Flight Operations Unaffected by Air Disaster

Aired August 24, 2000 - 2:06 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Brent Sadler now joins us live via videophone from Bahrain with more about the investigation -- Brent.

BRENT SADLER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, Natalie. On that issue of safety record of the Airbus A-320, Gulf Air's flight operations have so far been unaffected by the air disaster, which took place just a couple of miles away from the beginning of the air field here at Bahrain International Airport.

No plans, according to Gulf Air, to either exercise maintenance checks or special checks as a result of this crash. And their flight operations, they say, are under disturbed for the time being, or for the foreseeable future at least.

Of the 143 passengers who were onboard the ill-fated airliner, airline officials say 36 of them were under the age of 18. Many children traveling with their parents and relatives during this very busy August month in the Middle East.

Now the airline says that there were no distress calls sent from the flight deck of the airliner to the control tower, as it circled twice to land and went down in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf, trying to make a third landing attempt. It will be analysis of the cockpit voice recording and the flight data recording, as well as information coming out from the wreckage as a result of the salvage operation that will help crash investigators made up of Bahraini officials, as well as United States crash experts, and experts from France help them determine just why this aircraft went down, as it was in its final approach to Bahrain Airport -- Natalie.

ALLEN: All right, Brent Sadler. Thank you, Brent, in Bahrain.

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