Black box of India plane crash found

2010-05-25 10:11

Yesterday, investigators recovered the “black box” digital flight

recorder that holds crucial clues to the crash of an Air India Express plane in

southern India that killed 158 people.

The discovery followed an intense three-day search that began hours

after the Boeing 737-800, flying from Dubai to the city of Mangalore, overshot

the runway on Saturday, plunging into a gorge and bursting into flames.

“It’s intact,” an official from the Directorate General for Civil

Aviation said as he held the battered recorder aloft for media gathered at the

hilltop crash site.

 “This will help enormously with the investigations.”

Due to the good flying conditions and visibility at the time of the

crash, investigators say the black box, which records all flight data, holds the

key to discovering what might have caused the pilot to overshoot the


The cockpit voice recorder, which tracks communications between the

pilots and air traffic controllers, was recovered late on Sunday.

Only eight people among the 166 passengers and crew survived the


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