Teams of recovery workers in China have located parts of an engine from the China Eastern Airlines passenger plane, which plunged into a mountain with 132 passengers on board searching for the second black box in the water and mud.

The first black device that recorded the cockpit voice was discovered on Wednesday. It was in pretty excellent condition, based on an initial assessment a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) official said to reporters. The recorded material was delivered to Beijing to be analyzed according to the official.

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The voice recorder in the cockpit will likely give investigators details of the conversations between the three pilots on board the Boeing 737-800.

Flight MU5735 was traveling from the city of Kunming in China to Guangzhou on Monday, when it suddenly dropped from its cruising altitude just the moment it should have begun its descent to land.

According to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, The plane briefly seemed to come out of its nosedive before plummeting into a heavily forested hill in the mountains of the Guangxi region in southern China.

Chinese authorities have said that the pilots were not responsive to the repeated requests of air traffic controllers amid a rapid descent.

The Captain of the flight appointed in January of 2018 had 6,709 hours› flying experience. Meanwhile, the two officers who were first in line had 31 769 hours and 556 hours, according to a China Eastern official. The airline claimed that one of the co-pilots was an observer to gain knowledge without revealing their names.

Grieving relatives arrived at the site where flight MU5735 crashed on March 24. No survivors have been found from Monday’s disaster [Noel Celis/AFP]
Phoenix Weekly, a magazine that Phoenix TV publishes, a pro-Beijing private-sector radio station, cited aviation experts who identified the Captain in question as Yang Hongda, the son of the China Eastern captain. The first officer was Zhang Zhengping, a pilot with 40 years of aviation experience. He mentored pilots.

Southern Weekly, a significant Guangdong-based publication that only identified the crew using their surnames, said Yang 32, who had a daughter of one year old and Zhang, aged 59, was among the first commercial pilots. They had a stellar safety record and were scheduled to retire in the coming year. The newspaper reported that the less experienced second officer’s name was Ni.

China Eastern did not respond immediately to a request for comments regarding the news reports.

There are no survivors; however, officials announced that human tissues had been discovered on Wednesday.

The roads leading to the crash site were closed to everyone except residents, allowing access by officials and police who operated temporary checkpoints.

China investigates the crash; however, the United States has been invited to participate because the aircraft was manufactured and designed in China. The plane’s two engines were manufactured through CFM International, a joint venture of GE and Safran, which is the sole engine manufacturer for the 737-800.

The US National Transportation Safety Board announced that it had not yet determined whether investigators would travel to China because of the strict requirements for visas and quarantine.

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