May 17 (Reuters)Flight data from a black box recovered from a China Eastern 600115.SS jet that crashed earlier this year indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with U.S. officials’ preliminary assessment.

The company and the National Transportation Safety Board did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In March, a Boeing 737-800 en route from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed in the mountains of Guangxi, killing 123 passengers and nine crew members in mainland China’s deadliest aviation disaster in 28 years.

Shares of Boeing were up 5.1% in afternoon trade.

(Reporting by Abhijith Ganapavaram in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

((Abhijith.G@thomsonreuters.com; +91-9019785574;))

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