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Investigators Retrieve Flight Recorder from Afghan Crash Site

Afghan authorities say NATO and Afghan troops have retrieved the flight recorder from the wreckage of an Afghan airliner, ten days after the plane crashed into a mountain near Kabul.

An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman says the flight recorder, also known as "black box," is now in the hands of the investigating commission.

A break in bad winter weather earlier Sunday allowed troops and investigators to reach the crash site for the first time since the Boeing 737 hit the mountain during a blizzard.

None of the 104 people on board survived the crash, making it Afghanistan's worst civil aviation disaster. Authorities estimate the recovery of the remains will take weeks.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.