China Allows NTSB Investigators to Join Crash Probe

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday that China issued visas to American investigators and technical advisers to assist in the investigation into last week’s tragic crash of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800.

China has also issued visas to technical advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing Co.

“The team hopes to depart this week,” the NTSB said in a tweet.

On March 21, the plane crashed into a mountainside in southern China, killing all 132 people on board. It was the biggest aviation tragedy in mainland China in 28 years. 

On Sunday, recovery crews discovered the second ‘black box’, the flight data recorder, among the wreckage.

The NTSB said it is still unclear whether the U.S. team will be required to quarantine in China under COVID-19 guidelines.


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