All 132 Aboard Flight MU5735 Confirmed Dead

Screen grab of TV report about the crash of China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 showing one of the aircraft's recovered black boxes

AUTHORITIES SAY THAT none of the 123 passengers and nine crew aboard a China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 that plunged into a Guangxi hillside on March 21 survived.

Rescue teams have identified 120 of the victims so far through DNA analysis. The search for human remains and plane wreckage continues in the steeply wooded and rain-sodden area.

The crash is China’s most deadly aviation disaster in nearly three decades.

State media report that the second ‘black box’, the flight data recorder, has been found. The first, the cockpit voice recorder, was recovered earlier. It was reportedly badly damaged, but aviation officials said on March 26 that data is being downloaded and analysed.

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