Crash probe info ‘not leaked’

Important evidence: The second black box recovered at the crash site of the China Eastern Airlines’ plane in Tengxian county. — Xinhua

The US National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that no information regarding a crashed China Eastern Airlines plane was provided to the media, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.

This was in response to recent news reports that claimed the flight data indicated someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet. A report by The Wall Street Journal said the source was from people familiar with the US officials’ preliminary assessment of the crash.

China’s civil aviation administration quoted its US partner as saying that they strictly adhere to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, and will continue to provide professional technical support to identify the cause of the accident.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China, which is leading the investigation, said the team is carrying out an in-depth investigation.

According to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the US National Transportation Safety Board – as the authority in the country of the aircraft’s designer and manufacturer – has been invited to the investigation.

Flight MU5735 was bound from Kunming to Guangzhou on March 21 when it crashed. All 132 people on board were killed.

The team will continue to investigate the cause of the accident, including in-depth wreckage identification, classification, flight data analysis and experimental verification, the report said. — China Daily/ANN

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