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China 737 Jet-Crash Clues Awaited as Black Boxes Arrive in U.S.

  • Flight recorders from China Eastern crash sent to Washington
  • Boeing, Chinese airline have much at stake on breakthrough
The second black box recovered at the crash site in the southern region of Guangxi on March 27.

The second black box recovered at the crash site in the southern region of Guangxi on March 27.

Photographer: Lu Boan/Xinhua/Getty Images

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Investigators trying to figure out why a Boeing Co. 737-800 plunged to the ground in China last month could gain key clues within days from the jet’s black boxes, which were sent to the U.S.

“I’d expect within a week the investigation team would have the information,” said Neil Campbell, a retired air-safety investigator at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau who worked on the Boeing 737 Max disaster in Indonesia in 2018. “For an accident like this, the recorders are critical.”