Recovery crews yesterday found the second black box – the flight data recorder – from the wreckage of a China Eastern Airlines 600115.SS Boeing 737-800 jet that crashed into a mountainside in southern China.
Flight MU5735, with 132 people onboard, was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming to Guangzhou on the coast last Monday when it dived from cruising altitude at about the time when it should have started its landing descent.
There had been little hope of finding any survivors. In a late night news conference on Saturday, officials announced that all of the people onboard, including nine crew members, have been confirmed dead.
The other black box – the cockpit voice recorder – was found and has been sent to Beijing for examination by experts.
The second black box was dug out of a slope at the crash site about 9:20 am local time (0120 GMT) in muddy conditions after rain in recent days, state media reported.
The device was recovered 40 metres from the point of impact of the crash and 1.5 metres (5 feet) beneath the surface of the ground, according to state media.
The black box has been sent to Beijing for checks, according to state media.
The crash was the deadliest air disaster in mainland China since 1994, when a China Northwest Airlines flight from Xian to Guangzhou crashed, killing all 160 people on board.
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According to flight tracking website FlightRadar24, the plane briefly appeared to pull out of its nosedive before resuming its plunge to earth.–Al Jazeera.