U.S. names investigator as representative to China Boeing 737-800 crash probe

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People sit in an area where relatives of the passengers of the China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane, which crashed in Wuzhou flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, wait for news, at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China March 22, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

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WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Monday it had appointed a senior air safety investigator as a U.S. accredited representative to the investigation of the crash of a China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) Boeing 737-800 near Wuzhou, China.

Representatives from Boeing (BA.N), CFM, a joint venture of General Electric and Safran (SAF.PA) that produced the engines, and the Federal Aviation Administration will serve as technical advisers, the NTSB added.

Under an international agreement, the United States can serve as a representative to the crash probe since the plane was manufactured in the United States.

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It is not clear if or when the NTSB will travel to the crash site in China. read more

The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After a 2018 Boeing 737 MAX crash in Indonesia, the NTSB immediately dispatched investigators to Indonesia to participate in the Indonesian government's investigation.

Then NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt said in 2019 testimony before Congress that during the search for the "black boxes" – flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) – "an NTSB investigator was stationed onboard one of the search vessels."

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Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bernard Orr

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