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Helicopter black box recovered in Taiwan

Christian Fernsby |
The flight data recorder of the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Thursday morning in a mountainous region of New Taipei has been found, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced today.

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In a press release, the MND said military investigators recovered the black box from the site of the crash at around 10:40 a.m. today and were transporting it to the Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB), which is responsible for interpreting the device's data.

A 49-person investigation team had been dispatched at 6:40 a.m. to the crash site, which is located near the Tonghou River in Wulai District, on the border between New Taipei and Yilan County, according to Maj. Gen. Huang Kuo-ming.

The investigators successfully extricated the flight data recorder from the wreckage at 10:40 a.m., and reported that the device's exterior was still intact, Huang said.

TTSB Managing Director Kuan Wen-lin estimated that any recovered flight data could be interpreted within one to three days, depending on its condition.

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