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Chinese Eastern plane crash that killed 132 people was likely intentional, report says

  • The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that occurred in March and resulted in the death of nine crew members and 123 passengers may have been deliberate, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • Data from a black box discovered at the crash site reportedly indicates that someone in the cockpit intentionally plunged the aircraft.
  • It remains to be seen whether the alleged action was committed by a pilot or a passenger.
  • Chinese authorities have reportedly not found any mechanical or flight control issues. The flight was declared to have passed safety requirements prior to takeoff and did not appear to encounter bad weather.
  • Meanwhile, China Eastern denied the possibility of an intrusion, claiming that no one on the plane declared an emergency before the crash.
  • Investigation into the incident continues, with a focus on the actions of the crew members on the flight deck.

The China Eastern Airlines plane crash that occurred in March and resulted in the death of nine crew members and 123 passengers may have been deliberate, according to a new report.

Passengers flying on a Boeing 737-800 during flight MU5735 were en route from Kunming, Yunnan Province, to Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, on March 21. Their plane suddenly dropped from a cruising altitude of around 29,200 feet and crashed into a mountain in southern China shortly after 2:20 p.m.

Second black box, handwritten note found among wreckage of China flight MU5735

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  • Found among the wreckage of China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 was a handwritten note believed to be from a female passenger surnamed Xiang.
  • Xiang, a livestreaming salesperson who was in her 20s, wrote, “The jade disc lucky charm symbolizes hope for peace in the year and a long and healthy life.”
  • Over the weekend, Chinese aviation officials confirmed that all 123 passengers and nine crew members on board Flight MU5735 are dead.
  • Xiang’s parents were reportedly informed by local authorities that she was a passenger on the plane.
  • Xiang’s last social media post was a video of her smiling with the English words “love you” written on her face, posted at 1 a.m. on the day of the tragedy.

The second black box, as well as a heartbreaking handwritten note from a passenger, has been found among the wreckage of ill-fated China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735. 

The note, reportedly written by a woman with the surname Xiang, contains a description of a jade pendant, which, in Chinese culture, symbolizes “peace, luck and safety.”  

Chinese rescue teams struggle to find flight MU-5735’s second black box, which recorded flight data

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  • Since China Eastern Airlines flight 5735 crashed on Monday, rescuers have found no survivors among the 132 people on board.
  • The search party, which recovered the plane’s first black box on Wednesday, is currently looking for the second one to expedite the investigation.
  • The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has sought the help of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for the ongoing investigation.
  • The top insurance regulator in China has urged insurance companies to assist families properly with their insurance claims.

Chinese authorities continue to scour the crash site of the ill-fated China Eastern Airlines flight MU-5735 days after it dropped from the sky and collided into the mountains of the Guangxi region on Monday.

As of this writing, rescue teams have so far failed to find any sign of survivors from the nine crew members and 123 passengers aboard the Boeing 737.