Experts investigating Plane crash of China Eastern Airlines are investigating whether this was due to an intentional action Nope cockpitafter no evidence of a technical malfunction was found, two sources with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters.
O the the wall street journal argued on Tuesday that flight data from one of the Boeing 737-800 black boxes indicates that someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the plane, citing people familiar with the US investigators’ preliminary assessment.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which is leading the investigation, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Boeing 737-800, en route from Kunming to Guangzhou, crashed in the mountains of the Guangxi region on March 21 after a sudden nose-down while at cruising altitude, killing all 123 passengers and nine crew members on board.
It is the deadliest air disaster in mainland China in 28 years.
The pilots did not respond to repeated calls from air traffic controllers or nearby planes during the rapid descent, officials said. A source from the investigative team told Reuters they were investigating whether the accident was the result of a “voluntary” act.
Images from the report the wall street journal appear to have been censored on both Chinese social network Weibo and messaging app Wechat on Wednesday. To hashtags “East China” and “eastern china “black boxes” are banned on Weibo, which cited a violation of the law, and users are not allowed to share messages about the incident in group chats on Wechat.
The CAAC said on April 11, in response to internet rumors of a deliberate crash, that the speculation had “seriously misled the public” and “hindered the work of investigating the crash”.
A woman who asked to be identified only by her last name, Wen, who lost her husband in the crash, told Reuters on Wednesday she had not seen the news of the the wall street journalbut hopes that the results of the investigation will be published soon.
Wen revealed that she and other victims’ family members had signed an agreement with the China Eastern Airlines which includes a point on compensation, but declined to say how much had been offered.
A China Eastern did not respond to a request for comment. according to the the wall street journalthe airline said there was no evidence to determine if there were any issues with the plane.
No technical recommendations
The 737-800 is a much-used predecessor to Boeing’s 737 MAX, but lacks the systems linked to the fatal 737-MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 that led to a long-running MAX ban.
East China grounded its entire fleet of 737 to 800 planes after the crash, but resumed flights in mid-April, a move that at the time was widely seen as ruling out any new immediate safety concerns regarding the most used model in the world. East Boeing.
In a summary of an unpublished preliminary accident report last month, Chinese investigators pointed to no technical recommendations for the 737-800, which has been in service since 1997 with a record safety record, experts said.
NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said in a May 10 interview with Reuters that her and Boeing’s investigators had traveled to China to help with the Chinese investigation. She stressed that the investigation did not find any safety issues requiring urgent action.
Homendy said if the NTSB had any security concerns, it would “issue urgent recommendations.”
The NTSB has helped Chinese researchers analyze black boxes at its Washington lab at China’s request, despite political tensions between the countries.
The CAAC said the NTSB confirmed that it did not release information about China Eastern’s downfall to the media, the official newspaper reported. world times.
The final report can take two years
A final report on the causes of the accident could take two years or more, Chinese authorities have warned. Analysts say most disasters are caused by a cocktail human and technical factors.
Intentional falls are exceptionally rare worldwide. Experts point out that the latter hypothesis leaves it open whether the action was from a pilot or the result of a fight or intrusion, but the sources point out that nothing has been confirmed.
The voice recorder cockpit was damaged in the crash and it is unclear whether investigators were able to obtain any information.
In March 2015, a Germanwings co-pilot deliberately flew a Airbus A320 against a mountain in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
French investigators have discovered that the 27-year-old is suffering from a “depressive psychotic episode”, hidden from his employer. They later called for better mental health counseling and stronger support groups for pilots.