China says black boxes with a crashed jet are severely damaged – Metro US
China says black boxes with a crashed jet are severely damaged – Metro US

China says black boxes with a crashed jet are severely damaged – Metro US

By Stella Qiu and Jamie Freed

BEIJING / SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s aviation authority said on Wednesday that the black boxes in a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet that crashed last month were badly damaged and that it was still recovering and analyzing the data for to help determine the cause.

The crash, China’s first fatal plane crash since 2010, killed 132 people when the plane from Kunming to Guangzhou suddenly crashed from cross-altitude and crashed into the Guangxi Mountains on March 21.

In a statement on its preliminary accident report, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) did not release any information from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, which was sent to Washington for analysis.

CAAC said the flight crew was qualified, the jet was properly maintained, the weather was fine, and there were no dangerous goods on the plane before the crash. The impact created a crater almost 3 meters deep and 45 square meters wide.

Part of one winglet was found 12 km (8 miles) away, which experts say indicates that it may have been torn off due to the force of the plane’s first dive.

Chinese aviation expert Li Xiaojin said the preliminary results showed that there was no problem with the flight procedures, which meant that data from the black boxes would be the key to determining the cause of the crash.

“It would take at least a year for them to complete the investigation,” he said.

The last normal call from air traffic controllers to the plane was at. 14.16 local time while sailing at 8,900 meters (29,200 feet), less than five minutes before the plane began to deviate from its normal path as the trail of air traffic controllers in Guangzhou, the CAAC statement said.

At 14.21, the last information recorded on the radar before the signal disappeared, the aircraft at an altitude of 3,380 meters (11,100 feet) and a ground speed of 1,010 km per hour (627 miles per hour).

FlightRadar24’s latest data tracking site, recorded nearly a minute later, had the plane at an altitude of 3,225 feet and a ground speed of 376 miles per hour.

The CAAC statement said that it had completed the preliminary report, which according to international rules must be submitted to the UN aviation agency ICAO within 30 days, but which does not need to be published.

China Eastern, which sank its entire fleet of 223,737-800 aircraft after the crash, resumed commercial flights with the aircraft type on Sunday. The CAAC statement did not point to any technical recommendations regarding the model, which has a strong safety record.

The 737-800 is a predecessor to the 737 MAX, which has not resumed commercial operations in China for more than three years after two deadly crashes.

(Report by Stella Qiu in Beijing and Jamie Freed in Sydney; Edited by Louise Heavens and Angus MacSwan)

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