Mangalore Bureau

MANGALORE: Efforts to trace the Digital Flight Data Recorder or the black box of the Air India Express flight IX-812 that crashed here on Saturday, remained inconclusive on Monday.

The search that began on Sunday, continued through Monday. Parts of the Boeing 737-800 that had got buried under loose earth at the crash site were removed using an excavator and examined by officials, but their efforts were unsuccessful. A tired team from the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation emerged from the site by 5 p.m. and left without talking to journalists. One DGCA official, who declined to give his name, told The Hindu that the search would resume on Tuesday and continue till the device was found. He said the black box was most certainly lying buried in the debris. An AI official, who had come to help the investigators, said it was a matter time before it was recovered.

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