Beijing: The black box of the China Eastern Airlines passenger plane that crashed Monday in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region was recovered on Wednesday afternoon.
Mao Yanfeng, head of the aviation accident investigation center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, announced the discovery at a news briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
The black box was severely damaged and the investigation team is further confirming whether it is the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder, Mao said.
“We hope to retrieve both black boxes of the aircraft soon and then send them to professional labs for decoding,” Mao said, adding that this is crucial to finding the cause of the crash. Rains complicated the rescue and search efforts on Wednesday and the search for the 132 people on board the aircraft and the other black box is underway.
On Wednesday afternoon, rescuers used professional equipment to detect the underground area of the crash site and even expanded the search area.
A Chinese passenger plane, which was carrying 132 passengers, crashed in a mountainous area of southern China, media reports said on Monday.
The Boeing 737-800 crashed near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region while flying from Kunming in the southwestern province of Yunnan to the industrial centre of Guangzhou along the east coast.
China Eastern Flight 5735 was travelling at around 29,000 feet when it entered a steep and fast dive around 2:20 pm local time, according to data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.com.
The plane plunged to 7,400 feet before briefly regaining about 1,200 feel in altitude, then dived again. The plane stopped transmitting data 96 seconds after starting to fall.
There were 123 passengers and nine crew members on board the plane, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.
With Xinhua/UNI inputs