Chinese Boeing jet crashes in mountains with 132 onboard. – 10 Facts in short

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China Eastern Airline Flight MU5735 (Boeing 737-800) has crashed yesterday (March 21, 2022) in mountains in Southern China.

map of flight path

A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in mountains in southern China on Monday after a sudden plunge from cruising altitude at about the time when it would normally start to descend ahead of its landing.

The media said there were no signs of survivors on the domestic flight.

The airline said it deeply mourned the passengers and crew, without specifying how many people had been killed on the jet, an earlier model to the 737 MAX with a strong safety record.

Boeing (BA.N) said it was ready to assist China Eastern and was in contact with U.S. transportation safety regulators over the incident.

File photo from 2015 of the China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed
File Photo from AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM
  1. Flight MU5735 was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, to Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, bordering Hong Kong, when it crashed.
  2. Flight MOU5735 was Boeing 737-800 and just nearly 7 ( 6.8) Years old.
  3. Chinese airlines generally have a good safety record – the last major accident took place 12 years ago.
  4. Since launch, Boeing 737-800s have been involved in 22 hull-loss accidents that resulted in 612 fatalities, according to data collected by the Aviation Safety Network.
  5. According to FlightRadar24 data, the plane was cruising at 29,100ft, but two minutes and 15 seconds later it was recorded at 9,075ft. The last sourced information on the flight showed it ended at 14:22 local time, at an altitude of 3,225ft.
  6. State-owned China Eastern is one of China’s big three airlines, along with China Southern and Air China.
  7. The aircraft, with 123 passengers and nine crew on board.
  8. Online weather data showed partly cloudy conditions with good visibility in Wuzhou at the time of the crash.
  9. China Eastern has grounded its fleet of 737-800 planes, state media reported. It has 109 of the aircraft, according to FlightRadar24.
  10. Aviation data provider OAG said this month that state-owned China Eastern Airlines was the world’s sixth-largest carrier by scheduled weekly seat capacity.

Priorities of US (NTSB) and Chinese (AAIA) Aviation Safety Agencies will be to find CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) and FDR (Flight Data Recorder) to figure out the final moments of the flight and possible cause of the crash.

CVR includes not just voices of Pilots or anyone in the Cockpit, but all sounds of the Cockpit including alarm sounds, instrument clicking/moving/switching sounds. FDR records everything happening inside the aircraft control system to engines.

It’s too early to guess the possible cause. But it an essential to figure out what went wrong accurately and fastest they can to make sure that it won’t happen again.

It seems nearly 5000 Boeing 737 in service across the globe.

Sourcing News: Reuters / BBC / Other agencies

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