“A black box was recovered Wednesday from the wreckage of the China Eastern airliner that plunged out of the sky mysteriously, killing all 132 people aboard when it slammed into a mountainside, officials said.
A flight recorder from China Eastern MU5735 “was found,” Liu Lusong, a spokesman for China’s aviation authority, announced, although state media later said it was badly damaged, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Boeing 737-800 is equipped with two flight recorders: one in the rear cabin that tracks flight data and the other a cockpit voice recorder.
“At present, it is unclear whether it is a data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder,” that has been found, said Mao Yanfeng, an official at the Civil Aviation Administration of China.”
Comment: A vertical dive from 30,00+ feet. That sees unusual to me. Crash on landing due to downdrafts, running into mountain in bad visibility, these are causesvfor crashes that I am familiar with, but a vertical dive is different. Pilot suicide? Could be. Massive structural failure? This seems unlikely in an aircraft that had just passed its Chinese inspections. pl