UAE: No evidence of bomb on crashed UPS plane

Statement issued after Al Qaeda claims it caused September crash.
GCAA says it has found no evidence a bomb caused the UPS cargo plane crash.
GCAA says it has found no evidence a bomb caused the UPS cargo plane crash.

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The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) issued a statement late on Saturday reiterating its belief that a bomb did not cause September's UPS plane crash in Dubai.

This latest statement came after Al Qaeda on Friday claimed responsibility for causing the crash.

According to a statement carried by WAM, the UAE's offical press agency: "...the investigations carried out and the details collected from the wreckage, as well as the eyewitness accounts, did not prove the incidence of any explosion on board the US cargo plane, which crashed in Dubai earlier in September this year.

"GCAA asserted that the investigations conducted after the retrieval of the full information contained in the two black boxes show that there is no vocal or graphic evidence, or any other indicators to support the hypothesis of an explosion in the plane.

"However, GCAA said, this does not mean that the Authority will not take the claim of an explosion seriously and that it is investigating this claim."

The official cause of the accident has not yet been confirmed.

Investigators have confirmed the possibility that lithium batteries carried on the plane may have caught fire.

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