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China says no trace of explosives found in jet crash samples

Some 24,000 pieces of wreckage have been retrieved, officials said, and remains of 120 people have been identified

Rescue operation underway at the site where China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed. Photo: Twitter (@CGTNOfficial)
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FILE PIC: Rescue operation underway at the site where China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed. Photo: Twitter (@CGTNOfficial)

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China said it hasn’t found any evidence of explosive materials in the wreckage of a China Eastern Airlines flight that crashed with 132 people on board.
 
“Lab tests taken of 66 samples, 41 of which have been completed, showed no major common inorganic explosive or common organic explosive substances have been found,” fire official Zheng Xi said at a briefing in the southern city of Wuzhou on Saturday.

Zhu Tao, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, added that investigators found a transmitter installed close to a missing black box that records flight data, but haven’t retrieved the

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First Published: Mar 26 2022 | 10:24 PM IST

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