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Crashed Air India Plane’s Black Boxes Found; Death Toll 18

  • At least 18 killed after Boeing 737 jet breaks apart
  • Area around hilltop airport has been hit by torrential rains
Teams conduct a search and rescue operation after the crash in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Aug. 7.
Teams conduct a search and rescue operation after the crash in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Aug. 7.Source: Anadolu/Getty Images
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The black boxes of an Air India Express jet that crashed on Friday, killing at least 18 people, has been recovered after authorities completed the rescue operation.

The digital flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder can help investigators piece together what caused the Boeing Co. 737 to skid off the runway and break apart while attempting to land Friday. Operating as Flight 1344 for Air India Express from Dubai, the plane carrying 190 passengers and crew touched down with a tail wind, according to archived local weather data, which would be counter to the usual practice of landing into the wind for more control.