Second ‘black box’ found in plane crash in East China



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BEIJING (AP) — The second “black box” has been recovered after the crash of a Boeing 737-800 from China that…

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

Firefighters participating in the search found the recorder, an orange cylinder, on a mountainside about 1.5 meters below the ground, state broadcaster CCTV said. Experts confirmed it was the second black box.

Searchers were looking for the flight data recorder after finding the cockpit voice recorder four days ago. The two recorders are to help researchers determine what caused the plane to plunge from 29,000 feet (8,800 meters) into a forested mountainside in southern China.

Flight MU5735 crashed Monday en route from the city of Kunming in southeastern China to Guangzhou, a major city and export manufacturing center near Hong Kong. An air traffic controller tried several times to contact the pilots after seeing the plane’s altitude drop sharply, but received no response, officials said.

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

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

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