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The Boeing 737 nosedived, killing 132 people. Investigators believe it was intentional: "The plane did what someone told it"

2022-05-17T20:38:41.714Z

A federal assessment suggests that the March incident was not an accident but murder: someone in the cockpit caused the plane to lose 30,000 feet in three minutes.



A preliminary assessment by US authorities of the fall of a China Eastern airlines plane that crashed on March 21, killing all 132 people on board, seems to indicate that it was not an accident: someone in the cabin control of the device intentionally led the aircraft into a nosedive, according to sources close to the investigation cited by The Wall Street Journal.

The preliminary hypothesis handled by the federal authorities (who participated in the investigation because the device was a US-made Boeing 737-800) is that it was the actions of a pilot or someone who entered the cockpit that led to the The plane (which was traveling between the Chinese cities of Kunming and Guangzhou) 

crashed to the ground 

in the Guangxi region at 2:38 p.m. (local time), according to the publication.

"The plane did what someone in the cockpit told it to do," one of the sources with knowledge of the investigation told the Wall Street Journal.

Rescue work at the crash site in Guangxi Zhuang, south China, on March 26, 2022. Xinhua News Agency via Getty Ima

This hypothesis is based on information extracted from the flight data record included in the device's black box;

however, the sources cited by the newspaper assured that they do not have all the information that is in the hands of the Chinese investigators.

Trade publication Leeham News and Analysis reported in April that initial reading of the plane's flight data log suggested the pilot had deliberately entered data into the control controls that led to the crash.

The plane plummeted to the ground, 

descending nearly 30,000 feet in less than three minutes,

 according to flight tracking portal FlightRadar24.

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The aircraft, with less than seven years of service,

had passed all the revisions established by the regulations and its technical condition was "stable and normal"

when taking off, according to statements by a representative of China Eastern after the accident.

According to the US officials who are in charge of the preliminary evaluation, Chinese officials have also not reported any mechanical problems related to the plane, and there is no record of any security bulletin or directive by the air authorities after the flight. accident.

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A report issued by the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration indicated in April that no anomalies had been detected in the Boeing 737-800, in its crew or in external elements, such as bad weather.

Informal theories are circulating in China about what could have caused the

biggest national air disaster in almost a decade,

including a possible suicide of the pilot.

Chinese aviation authorities tightened mental health measures for pilots after the crash, though Wu Shijie, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration, said that was unrelated to those hypotheses.

China Eastern told The Wall Street Journal that the health, family and economic conditions of its pilots are good, and that there is no evidence to determine if there were problems with the plane.

"Any unofficial speculation may interfere with the accident investigation and

affect the actual progress of the global air transport industry," the airline said.

China Eastern is one of the four major Chinese airlines;

After the accident, it grounded more than 200 aircraft of the same model (which is considered one of the safest in the world due to its flight statistics), but they have already resumed their services.

Source: telemundo

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