ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Swiss officials sent the flight recorders from a shattered plane to Paris on Monday for inspection, hoping for clues about the crash that killed 24 people, including an American singer.
Seven passengers and two crew members survived the crash, climbing out of the tail section after the Crossair Jumbolino Avro RJ-100 went down in the woods near Zurich airport Saturday night after a flight from Berlin.
The voice and flight-data recorders were being sent to Paris for examination in the presence of a neutral investigator, officials said. One member of the investigative team must be from a country that had no involvement in the crash.
"I hope we will have the results by tomorrow or the day after," said Jean Overney, chief of the Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.
Rain mixed with snow was falling and visibility was poor when the plane crashed just after 10 p.m. Airport officials said communication was normal until it suddenly disappeared from radar. Some reports have indicated the plane was flying too low on its approach.
The plane was trying to land on a runway used for night flights under a new agreement to limit flight noise over nearby Germany. Swiss officials suspended nighttime use of the runway, which was said to be more difficult than others to approach.
Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer and former member of the popular duo La Bouche, was killed in the crash, her Berlin-based record company, X-cell Records said. Thornton, 34, was a native of Charleston, S.C. and a former Atlanta resident.
Officials in Israel said three prominent Israelis were killed: Yaakov Matzner, 54, dean of the Hebrew University school of medicine; another leading doctor, Amiram Eldor, 59; and Avishai Berkman, 50, a Tel Aviv city official.
A pop-music trio called Passion Fruit -- two Dutch women and a German woman of Spanish origin, all 27 -- was on the plane. Maria Serrano-Serrano and Nathaly het van Ende were killed, but Debby St. Maarten survived, said band manager Georg Bergheim.
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