China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735: black box found at plane crash site
- The flight recorder could contain data that reveal what happened to the aircraft before it plummeted and crashed into a hillside
- Black boxes capture information including plane performance, pilot input and cockpit audio
Chinese aviation investigators say they have recovered one of the black box flight recorders from the wreckage of a China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in southern China on Monday.
The recorders, which capture critical flight data, may offer clues as to why the Boeing 737-800 plummeted from cruise altitude and crashed into a forested hillside near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.
Heavily fortified to survive high-impact crashes such as that of flight MU5735, black boxes capture information including plane performance, pilot input and cockpit audio.