Flight data shows China Eastern plane deliberately crashed: report
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Washington (AFP) – US investigators believe a person on board deliberately crashed a China Eastern flight in March, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, in what was China’s deadliest air disaster in decades.
China Eastern flight MU5375 was traveling from Kunming to Guangzhou on March 21 when it inexplicably plunged from an altitude of 29,000 feet into a mountain, killing all 132 people on board.
So-called black-box flight data recorders recovered from the site were sent to the United States for analysis.
This data shows that someone – possibly a pilot or someone who forced their way into the cockpit – gave the order to send the Boeing 737-800 nose down, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the probe.
“The plane did what it was told to do by someone in the cockpit,” the Journal said, quoting “a person familiar with the preliminary assessment of U.S. officials.”
US officials believe their conclusion is supported by the fact that Chinese investigators have so far reported no issues with the aircraft or flight controls that may have caused the crash and are expected to be resolved in future flights, the newspaper said.
The US National Transportation Safety Board and Boeing declined to comment on the investigation to AFP on Tuesday.
According to a Boeing report, investigators found no evidence of “anything abnormal,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in April.
In a statement, the CAAC said personnel had met safety requirements before takeoff, the plane was not carrying dangerous goods and did not appear to have encountered any severe weather, although the agency said that a full investigation could take years.
Immediately after the crash, the ruling Chinese Communist Party moved quickly to control information, ramping up its censorship machine as media and local residents rushed to the crash site.
He maintained his grip on the narrative, with the preliminary investigation leaving key questions unanswered.
After the deadly raid near the southern city of Wuzhou, authorities quickly cordoned off a large area and China’s internet regulator said it had erased large amounts of ‘illegal information’ about the Chinese web crash. tightly controlled.
A social media hashtag with the plane’s flight number appears to have been censored.
The accident was China’s deadliest in about 30 years and has shaken the country’s otherwise enviable flight safety record.
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