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NTSB: Black boxes recovered, info Friday on whether data can be extracted

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The "black boxes" from the UPS cargo plane that crashed in Birmingham Wednesday have been recovered and are on their way to Washington for possible data extraction.

National Transportation Safety Bureau Member Robert Sumwalt said it took investigators three hours to locate them, but they were extracted around 11 a.m. Thursday. They're expected to land in Washington around 7 p.m. eastern time, where NTSB officials and lab personnel will open the boxes and try to extract the data from them. They'll know Friday whether or not the data on the recorders is intact.

The NTSB has been on the ground all day working the crash.

The power plant group found no evidence of an uncontained engine failure or pre-impact fire. They did, however, find evidence of foreign debris like dirt and wood from the trees in the engine during a preliminary inspection of the engine.

"I'm not going to speculate on that, but the question was why was there debris in the engine -- it is indicative of an engine going through trees and striking dirt, that's the fact right there," Sumwalt said.

Investigators spent Thursday documenting the aircraft, including the position of switches and controls in the cockpit, as well as the flight controls on the tail surface of the aircraft.

Interviews with air traffic controllers that worked the plane are ongoing at this time, and officials will convene in Louisville, Ky. Friday to start reviewing the maintenance history of this aircraft.

We'll have more on this story as information is confirmed. Stay tuned to Alabama's 13 and alabamas13.com for more.

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