Second black box recovered from plane crashed in China

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Recovery crews on Sunday found the second black box – the flight data recorder – from the wreckage of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet that crashed into a mountainside in southern China.

The black box, which could shed light on the cause of the crash, has been sent to Beijing for examination and analysis, state media reported. The other black box – the cockpit voice recorder – was delivered to experts in the Chinese capital after being found on Wednesday, Reuters reported.

It was too soon to determine the cause of the crash, and crashes are usually the result of a combination of factors, experts said.

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The device, part of which was badly damaged, was recovered 1.5 metres underground and 40 metres from the point of impact, said Zhu Tao, head of aviation safety at the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

“Civil aviation investigators at the site confirmed that the storage unit of the flight data recorder has been found,” Zhu told a news conference in Guangxi. “Parts of the recorder were seriously damaged, but the outside of the storage unit was in fairly good condition.”

Flight MU5735 crashed Monday, killing all 132 people on board, marking mainland China’s deadliest air disaster in 28 years, when a China Northwest Airlines flight from Xian to Guangzhou crashed, killing all 160 people on board.