Using DNA testing from China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), we identified 120 victims, including 114 passengers and six crew.
Monday’s crash of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft marks China’s worst plane crash in more than a decade. Flight MU5735 was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming to Guangzhou with 123 passengers and nine crew when it lost contact with Wuzhou, the CAAC said in a statement.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but the cockpit voice recorder was discovered on Wednesday, which could provide important clues as to how the disaster unfolded. This is one of two so-called “black boxes”, and investigators are still searching for the flight data recorder.
Zhu Tao, director of the CAAC’s Office of Civil Defense, told a news conference on Saturday that crews had discovered the emergency locator transmitter, which is usually installed near the second black box.
China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) is under investigation, including the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the US Federal Aviation Administration. But it could take months or more for families to receive any response – the final report on the 2010 Henan Airlines crash was not released until almost two years later.
Flight crash investigators warned Tuesday that it would be “very difficult” to determine the cause of the crash because of how badly the plane was damaged.
Landed planes are subject to safety inspection and maintenance to ensure they are flying safely, he said. The airline also launched a major security change after the crash, he added.
The 737-800 is the most common version of Boeing’s jet aircraft.
Of the 737-800 aircraft, 4,502 are now in service worldwide, making it the most common Boeing (BA) aircraft in use today, according to aviation analyst Cirium.
CNN’s Jesse Jung, Laura Hee, Chris Isidore and CNN’s Beijing Bureau contributed to the report.