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2nd Black Box Found as Investigators Search for Answers in China Plane Crash


Sun 27 Mar 2022 | 09:10 AM
Ahmad El-Assasy

The second black box from China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735 was discovered on Sunday, as investigators strive to figure out what caused the passenger plane to crash into the earth, killing all 132 people on board.

According to state-owned media agencies CCTV and Xinhua, the second black box, the flight data recorder, was located around 1.5 metres beneath the dirt at the accident site about 9 a.m. local time.

On March 23, the first of the black boxes was found. According to a spokesperson for China's Civil Aviation Administration, the voice data recorder was found in the first black box.

According to state-run media, the flight data recorder was discovered on the eastern side of the 100-foot wide and 66-foot deep impact crater.

Investigators, including officials from the US National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, who are working alongside Chinese agencies to dig into the incident, say it is a mystery.

The airliner plummeted from 29,000 feet to 8,000 feet, levelled out, and then went into freefall, exploding into a fireball, according to preliminary statistics. The plane was seen nose-ping into the ground in one video.

The cause of the plane crash is unknown, according to US intelligence. According to an ABC News source, they aren't ruling anything out, including the possibility of a deliberate downing.

After taking off from Kunming, China's Yunnan province capital, the jet crashed. According to Chinese officials, the flight was bound for Guangzhou, a city northwest of Hong Kong.

While all 123 passengers and nine crew members were thought to be dead shortly after the disaster, Chinese officials verified there were no survivors on Saturday. DNA testing had identified 120 of the fatalities, according to state media.

In a statement, Boeing said, "We extend our sincere condolences for the loss of inpiduals on board China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735." "Our hearts and prayers go out to the passengers and crew, as well as their families and all those who have been affected by this catastrophe." During this challenging time, Boeing will continue to serve our airline customer. In addition, a Boeing technical team is supporting the NTSB and the Civil Aviation Administration of China who will lead the investigation."

Boeing deferred questions on the investigation to the CAAC.