Black Box Found, AI Defends Pilots

A day after the deadly crash of Air India Express which claimed 158 lives, the aircraft’s black box and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) were recovered from the Boeing 737-800 wreckage. Also, Air India on Sunday announced compensation to the kin of victims and defended its pilots, asserting that they were experienced and well-rested. The recovery of the black box and the CVR, which record cockpit conversation and all technical details, is expected to provide vital clues to the investigators probing the cause of the crash that took place when the aircraft overshot the runway and burst into flames after plunging into a ravine. The black box would be examined in Delhi by air safety directorate of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ascertain what went wrong, official sources said. Experts of the US Federal Aviation Authority, Boeing and air safety firm Kenyon are also expected to help decipher the black box and the CVR.