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Black Box Recovered from Indian Jet Crash


Searchers in southern India have found the flight data recorder of the Air India Express plane that crashed last week killing 158 people.

An aviation official said Tuesday the data recorder, commonly referred to as the black box, was recovered at the crash site in the city of Mangalore in southern Karnataka state.

The cockpit voice recorder was found on Sunday.

The Air India Express plane Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 166 people crashed early Saturday while landing at Mangalore's airport.

Eight people survived the crash when the plane overshot the runway and plunged down a ravine before bursting into flames.

Officials say 146 of the 158 bodies recovered from the wreckage have been identified. A U.S. forensics team is in India to assist in the investigation.

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told CNN-IBN television that human error may have caused the crash, as weather and visibility were good during the landing.

But Air India chairman Arvind Jadhav has said the pilot who landed the ill-fated aircraft was highly experienced.

The crash is one of the deadliest in India's history. A 1996 midair collision of two planes over New Delhi killed 349 people.

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

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