According to the Mainland Caixin newspaper, on Thursday, March 24, the search-and-rescue team identified the aircraft's main point of impact.
The crash created a 65 ft deep crater, with the aircraft wreckage mostly concentrated in a circle area of 100 ft from the impact point. The information was released in the fourth press conference held by the National Emergency Response Headquarters in Wuzhou city, Guangxi province, on Thursday.
At the crash site, the investigators detected 21 victims' items of personal belongings and 183 aircraft wreckage. More than 200 relatives have already been to the crash scene.
The aircraft's wreckage includes engine blades and turbine parts, engine hanger parts, left and right horizontal stabilizer parts, aileron autopilot actuators, and wing parts with some winglets. Crew escape ropes, crew manuals' fragments, and some crew documents were also discovered in the cabin.
Zhu Tao, director of the Aviation Safety Office of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said that the scene investigation and forensics of important wreckage is still the main work of the current search and rescue because it will lay a solid foundation for the next step to identify the cause of the accident.
Apart from the aircraft wreckage found in the core area, the rescue team also discovered a larger piece of suspected aircraft debris 6.2 miles away from the core area.