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Black Box Found in China Air Crash

June 18, 2002

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Search teams recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a China Airlines plane that broke up over the Taiwan Strait last month, killing 225 passengers and crew, a Taiwanese crash investigator said Tuesday.

The device _ also called a black box _ was found Tuesday morning in waters deeper than 200 feet near the Penghu island chain, off Taiwan’s western coast, Kay Yong, chief investigator with Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council, told reporters.

The cockpit voice recorder might provide important clues why the Boeing 747-200 crashed 20 minutes into a flight from Taipei to Hong Kong on May 25. Radar showed that the plane broke into four pieces high over the Taiwan Strait.

Yong said investigators hope to find the plane’s other black box, or flight data recorder, on Tuesday.

Strong currents and low underwater visibility have frustrated efforts to recover the black boxes, which usually stop sending out beacon signals after about 30 days.

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