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'Black box' of crashed cargo plane found

THE flight data recorder of the Zimbabwean cargo plane that crashed yesterday in Shanghai has been found, local aviation control authorities said today.

However, experts said decoding of the data recorded in the "black box" would not necessarily ascertain the cause of the accident.

Three staff died and four others were injured after the cargo plane caught fire and crashed at the Shanghai Pudong airport yesterday.

The four injured, who are in stable conditions in the People's Hospital of Pudong New Area of the city, are from the United States, Indonesia, Belgium and Zimbabwe.

This morning, the No. 1 runway at the airport was being repaired. When the destroyed lighting facilities on the ground are restored, the local aviation authorities will dispatch professionals to make safety check on the runway. It will resume operation after the check proves it's up to security criteria.

The crashed MD-ll plane belonged to the Avient Aviation, a freight charter airline based in Zimbabwe. It was scheduled to fly from Shanghai to the Bishkek Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan.


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