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The China Eastern Airlines Corp. jet that crashed Monday was traveling at close to the speed of sound in the moments before it slammed into a hillside, according to a review of flight-track data.

Such an impact may complicate work for investigators because it can obliterate evidence and damage a plane’s data and voice recorders that are designed to withstand most crashes. The cockpit voice recorder was located Wednesday, officials in China said.

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