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Black box of Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed in Guangxi, China found

Rescuers search for the black box of a China Eastern Airlines plane at the crash site in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, March 22, 2022. Photo: THX/VNA

After three days of efforts, the rescue team found the black box of the Boeing 737 plane that crashed in Wuzhou city in Guangxi province, China.

One of the plane’s two black boxes was found today, according to a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Experts hope that the black box can provide clues to explain why the Boeing 737-800 plane suddenly plunged at an altitude of nearly 9,000 meters and crashed into the mountainside at a speed of more than 600 km / year. H.

Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference on the same day, a Chinese official said that at the time of the accident, the weather was completely normal. The plane crash caused a big fire on the mountain.

As of early this afternoon (ie 30 hours after the accident), rescuers had not found any survivors. Search and rescue work continues with the participation of more than 2,000 people.

However, the mountainous terrain and torrential rain on March 23 made the search for the black box complicated. Rescuers had to use drones and sniffer dogs to search the site of the plane crash with debris spread across steep mountain slopes in the jungle.

Speaking at the first press conference since flight MU5735 crashed, the investigation team said that it is still too early to draw conclusions about the cause of the accident because the investigation is difficult. towel.

On March 21, flight MU5735 of China Eastern Airlines took off from Kunming, China at 13:16 (local time). The plane maintained an altitude of 8,900 m for about an hour, then entered the Guangzhou area.

However, the control staff detected a sharp drop in altitude at 14:21 and contacted the crew several times but received no reply. Just two minutes later, the plane’s radar signal disappeared. At the time of the accident, there were 132 people on board, including 123 passengers and 9 crew members.

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