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Investigators find crashed aircraft was flying too high.

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Paul-Louis Arslanian of the French Accident Investigation Bureau has said that the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 that crashed in Venezuela a year ago was flying too high.

The crash of the West Caribbean Airways charter flight killed 152 tourists from the island of Martinique. Arslanian said that the investigators know that the crew took the aircraft to an altitude which was at the limit of what the engines permitted. He told the newspaper Le Parisien in an interview that at that altitude it was not possible to operate all the equipment as well as maintain the altitude and speed of the aircraft.

It is still too early to draw full conclusions about the accident, Arslanian added.

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Comment:Investigators find crashed aircraft was flying too high.(McDonnell Douglas MD-82)
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Date:Aug 16, 2006
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