State Media Refutes earlier Report Second Black Box Found

China’s official Xinhua News Agency said on Friday that the second black box belonging to the China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed on Monday has yet to be found, contrary to its previous report. 

Earlier, CAAC News, a publication managed by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said China had found the second black box but later deleted the news post from its official social media platforms.

The search and rescue mission had entered its fourth day as storm clouds retreated with efforts focusing on retrieving the second black box while the first was being decoded and analyzed in Beijing.

Zhu Tao, CAAC Director of Safety, said he couldn’t rule out the possibility that the voice recorder’s internal storage unit might be damaged. 

Emergency workers on the ground have been scouring China’s southern Guangxi region for victims of Flight MU5735, but no survivors have been found so far.

However, searchers found 183 pieces of debris where the jet crashed, including an engine and human remains.

One part was discovered more than 10km from the main wreckage, suggesting the aircraft suffered at least some form of breakup before impact.

The investigation is being led by China, it has invited the United States to take part because the Boeing 737-800 was designed and manufactured there.

“When we enter the accident investigation stage, we will invite relevant parties to participate in the accident investigation according to relevant regulations,” Zhu said.

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