"Black box" of crashed Zimbabwean cargo plane found in Shanghai
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    SHANGHAI, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The flight data recorder of the Zimbabwean cargo plane that crashed Saturday in Shanghai has been found, local aviation control authorities said Sunday.

    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 Saturday.

    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.

    On Sunday 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.

Three dead, four injured in cargo plane crash in Shanghai Pudong Airport

People look at the burnt cargo plane at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai of east China on Nov. 28, 2009. The cargo plane registered in Zimbabwe caught fire when taking off at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Four crew members are injured, 3 other dead.  (Xinhua/Pei Xin)
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    SHANGHAI, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Three staff died and four others were injured after a Zimbabwean cargo plane caught fire and crashed at the Shanghai Pudong airport Saturday, local officials said.

    The accident occurred at 8:12 a.m., when the plane veered off the runway as it took off, they said.

    "Black and heavy smoke! About 50 meters high. It rose to the sky all of a sudden," said a taxi driver surnamed Li, who was passing by the airport and took video of the crash with his cell phone.   Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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