Black Box Of Crashed Boeing 737 found in severely damaged condition.
- Recovering the black boxes is considered key to figuring out what caused the crash.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that a black box of crashed China Eastern plane was found on Wednesday, and in ‘severely damaged condition.
It is so badly damaged it was not immediately possible to say whether it is the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder.
One of the two black boxes from the China Eastern plane which crashed on Monday has been found in a severely damaged condition, China says.
Mao Yanfeng, director of the accident investigation division of the Civil Aviation Authority of China, told a press conference on Monday that every effort is being made to find the other black box.
Recovering the black boxes is considered key to figuring out what caused the crash.
The search for clues into why the passenger jet suddenly dived and crashed into a mountain in southern China had been suspended on Wednesday as rain soaked the debris field and filled the red-dirt gash formed by the plane’s fiery impact.
Earlier, searchers had used hand tools, drones and sniffer dogs in rainy conditions to comb the heavily forested slopes for the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, as well as any human remains.
Crews also worked to pump water from the pit created when the plane hit the ground, but their efforts were suspended mid-morning because small landslides were possible on the steep, slick slopes.
Video clips posted by China’s state media showed small pieces of the Boeing 737-800 plane scattered over the area. Each piece of debris had a number next to it, the larger ones marked off by police tape.
Mud-stained wallets, bank and identity cards have been recovered.
Relatives of passengers began arriving on Wednesday at the gate to Lu village just outside the crash zone, where they, along with reporters, were stopped by police and officials who used opened umbrellas to block the view beyond.
One woman was overheard saying her husband, the father of their two children was on board the flight.
I’m just going in there to take a look. Am I breaking the law?” she said. The woman and a companion were then escorted away and reporters told to stop filming.
Another man, who gave just his surname, Ding, said his sister-in-law had been on the plane. He said he hoped to visit the site but had been told little by authorities.
“We’re just coming here to have a look,” said Mr Ding, adding, “My heart sank all of a sudden” upon hearing about the crash. He too was escorted away.
Flight 5735 was carrying 123 passengers and nine crew from Kunming in Yunnan province to Guangzhou, an industrial centre on China’s south-east coast, when it crashed on Monday afternoon outside the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region. All 132 people onboard are presumed dead.
Investigators say it is too early to speculate on the cause. The plane went into an unexplained dive an hour after departure and stopped transmitting data 96 seconds into the fall.
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