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China air crash may have been deliberate

By Jordi Bou

May 18, 2022 - U.S. investigators believe someone in the cockpit deliberately crashed a China Eastern flight in March, in what was China’s deadliest aviation disaster for 28 years, according to media reports.

Data from one of plane’s “black box” flight recorders, suggests inputs to controls pushed plane into fatal dive Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with preliminary assessment.

Investigators looking into the crash are examining whether it was due to intentional action on the flight deck, with no evidence found of a technical malfunction, according to Reuters, which cited two people briefed on the matter.

The crash of China Eastern Flight 5735 posed a fresh challenge for aviation authorities in the country, which has maintained a strong flight-safety record in recent years.

The jet was a Boeing 737-800, a model long viewed as a reliable workhorse in the industry.

PUBLISHED: 18/05/2022; STORY: Graphic News