Yet it wasn’t until the following October that the National Transportation Safety Board sent an air-accident investigator to the crash scene. Unfortunately, conditions this high up were going to make the job extremely difficult.
The wreckage, which was spread far and wide, was blanketed by snow. And so despite their best efforts, the U.S. team weren’t able to find the plane’s black boxes. Consequently, they couldn’t say with any certainty what had caused the accident.