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Tragic Crash Likely Accident
ITSB officials today released the first sets of black box data from IJA flight 7346, which crashed on Tuesday, killing over 500 people, including UCAS Vice President James Mitchener. The data sets include AR feeds from the doomed suborbital’s cockpit recorder just prior to the crash, and show the flight crew battling to compensate for a malfunctioning left turbothruster. Other data feeds from internal sensors and external monitors confirm that a minor collision with a flock of birds may have triggered a cascade failure in the jet’s engine after a faulty safety valve failed to close. ITSB officials clarified that they have not officially determined the cause of the crash, but unofficial sources have indicated that the tragedy will likely be ruled an accident.
Death Toll Exceeds 500
City officials released the latest estimates from Tuesday’s tragedy. The crash of flight IJA-7346 claimed the lives of all 175 passengers and crew, including those of the UCAS Vice President and fifteen aides. The death toll on the ground has been estimated at 300-400, although exact numbers are difficult to determine due to the high numbers of SINless individuals in the Redmond area. The numbers of dead on the ground remain miraculously low due to the corporate-sponsored food drive that had attracted many residents to the eastern part of the Barrens, away from the crash site.
In addition to those killed during the crash, one emergency response officer was died during a shootout with looters. A total of 24 scavengers were shot and killed by security officials, including a man who was apparently attempting to steal the aircraft’s black box recording devices.
Exhibit Opening Postponed
University of Washington officials confirmed that the Africa: History and Culture exhibition will be indefinitely postponed following the tragic suborbital crash in Redmond earlier this week. Several representatives of the African Cultural Coalition were killed in the crash, and many of the exhibit items were lost or destroyed. University spokeswoman Ramona Tabuyo announced that the facility would be holding a memorial service to honour the visiting scholars and other victims of the tragic accident.
ACC representative, Nkosana Ezekwesili, told reporters that while many of the lost display items are easily replaced, several were unique, one-of-a-kind artifacts whose loss “is a tragedy for all our peoples”. These included an ancient Benin tribal mask, a ritually carved python skull, and a rare alabaster lion figurine. Mr. Ezekwesili and Ms. Tabuyo were unable to say whether the exhibition would be able to open in the future.