Rescuers work at the plane crash site in Wuzhou

China says black box from crashed plane is a cockpit recorder

WUZHOU, China (Reuters) – China’s aviation authority said on Wednesday the black box retrieved from the site of the China Eastern Airlines plane crash is a cockpit voice recorder according to an early assessment.

The data storage units in the black box are relatively complete despite some damage, Zhu Tao, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told a media briefing.

The black box is being sent to Beijing, Zhu said.

(This version of the story corrects to say the black box was a cockpit voice recorder versus “highly likely” to be one)

(Reporting by Martin Quin Pollard; Additional reporting by Meg Shen and Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong; writing by Ryan Woo; editing by Andrew Heavens)