Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Second ‘black box’ found in China’s eastern plane crash

Found another ‘black box’

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Chinese state media said on Sunday that a second “black box” has been recovered from the crash of a China Eastern Boeing 737-800 that killed all 132 people on board last week.

State broadcaster CCTV said firefighters taking part in the search found the recorder, an orange cylinder, on a mountain slope about 1.5 meters (5 feet) underground. Experts confirmed that it was the second black box.

Searchers were searching for a flight data recorder after the cockpit voice recorder was found four days earlier. The two recorders should help investigators determine what caused the plane to fall from 29,000 feet (8,800 m) and into a wooded hill in southern China.

Flight MU5735 crashed on Monday from the city of Kunming in southeast China on its way to Guangzhou, a major city and export manufacturing hub near Hong Kong. Officials said an air traffic controller tried to contact the pilots several times after seeing a sharp drop in altitude, but there was no response.

CCTV and the official Xinhua news agency reported the discovery of the flight data recorder, quoting officials.

China Eastern, one of China’s four major airlines, and its subsidiaries have grounded all 737-800 aircraft, a total of 223. The carrier said the grounding was a precaution, not an indication that anything was wrong.

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