The US National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday, April 1, that it was helping Chinese investigators extract the cockpit voice recorder’s data in Washington from the crashed China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet as it sent an investigation team to China.

As part of that assistance, the US safety board told Reuters it was helping the Civil Aviation Administration of China “with the download of the cockpit voice recorder from China Eastern Flight 5735 in our lab in Washington.”

The cockpit voice recorder- one of the two black boxes found at the crash site- will provide investigators with the contents of communications between the plane’s three pilots on board.

Earlier Friday, the US National Transportation Safety Board announced that a team of three investigators had left for China to help in the crash probe.

The agency said,

“Investigators will limit interactions with those outside of investigation similar to safety protocols at Beijing Olympics, which will allow them to begin work immediately without a quarantine.”

The China Eastern airliner crashed into a hill in southern China on March 21, killing all 132 people on board. Last Sunday, March 27, the search team found the second black box – the flight data recorder – among the debris at the crash site.

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