Exclusive-U.S. NTSB assisting in download of cockpit voice recorder in China March 21 crash

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FILE PHOTO: Rescuers work at the site where a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane flying from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed, in Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chin

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed late on Friday the cockpit voice recorder from a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 that crashed March 21 is at the U.S. agency’s lab in Washington.

A NTSB spokesman told Reuters that U.S “investigators are assisting the Civil Aviation Administration of China with the download of the cockpit voice recorder from China Eastern Flight 5735 in our lab in Washington.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)

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