A black box was recovered Wednesday from the wreckage of the China Eastern airliner that mysteriously fell out of the sky, killing all 132 people on board, when it crashed into a mountainside, officials said.
A flight recorder from China Eastern MU5735 “was found,” announced Liu Lusong, a spokesman for China’s aviation authority, although state media later said it was badly damaged, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Boeing 737-800 is equipped with two flight recorders: one in the rear cabin that records flight data, and the other with a voice recorder in the cockpit.
“It is currently unclear whether it is a data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder,” said Mao Yanfeng, an official with China’s Civil Aviation Administration.
The cause of the disaster has puzzled authorities, who searched the rugged area for clues and have found no survivors of China’s deadliest plane crash in nearly 30 years.
Officials have still not officially pronounced all passengers dead, despite widespread debris and charred objects found on the mountainside in Guangxi.
The jet crashed near Wuzhou in southern China on Monday afternoon after losing contact with air traffic control.
Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 showed the plane plummeted from 29,100 to 7,850 feet in just over a minute. After a brief surge, it dropped back down to 3,225 feet, the website said.
President Xi Jinping quickly ordered an investigation into the crash and sent senior Communist Party officials to the scene, including Vice Premier Liu He’s close aide.
China’s civil aviation authority has announced it will conduct a two-week safety inspection across the industry.
China Eastern said the nearly 7-year-old plane had passed all airworthiness requirements before its doomed flight.
Aviation officials said more careful evidence-gathering is needed before reaching conclusions about the cause of the crash.
On Tuesday, Zhu Tao, director of flight safety at China’s Civil Aviation Administration, said investigators “will face very high difficulties.”
“Given the information currently available, we still do not have a clear assessment of the cause of the crash,” he said, adding that “the crew members were in good health and their flight experience met regulatory requirements.”
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