The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Wednesday, April 20, released a preliminary report regarding the China Eastern Airlines Flight MU5735 crash last month.

According to Reuters, the flight was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou, suddenly plunged from cruising altitude and nose-dived into the hillside in the southern province of Guangxi on March 21, killing all 132 people on board.

China’s aviation authority said that two black boxes of the crashed Boeing 737-800 jet “were severely damaged due to the impact, and data restoration and analysis work is still in progress.” These devices were previously sent to Washington for decoding.

In a statement on its preliminary crash report, the Civil Aviation Administration of China did not publish any information from its two black boxes – the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.

The agency said the flight crew was qualified, the plane was well maintained, the weather was fine that day, and they found no dangerous goods on the plane. The impact, as reported before, created a crater nearly 10 ft deep and 485 square ft wide.

Chinese aviation expert Li Xiaojin said the preliminary report showed no problems with the flight procedures, and it might take at least a year to conclude the investigation.

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