People familiar with U.S. officials'' investigations in this matter say the China Eastern airplane crash that killed 132 people on board may have been a deliberate act.
A Boeing 737-800 from Kunming in southwest China to Guangzhou in the south crashed under mysterious circumstances about an hour into the flight, according to the WSJ. Alleged videos that propelled the mishap showed an aircraft nosediving into the ground.
What might have caused the crash?
The China Eastern crash, similar to those that happened with the Boeing 737 Max, did not result in a slew of 737-800 groundings around the world. The aircraft, which is considered the airline''s workhorse, was immediately grounded by the Chinese aviation authorities, but was then returned to service about a month following the incident.
The airplane reportedly shunned into the ground with such force that it made a 66-foot-deep hole in the ground. On March 23, the cockpit voice recorder was discovered, while the flight data recorder was buried several feet underground on March 27, according to ABC News.
While investigations into the incident might take more than a year to complete, Chinese officials who are conducting the investigations haven''t identified any mechanical or flight control problems with the aircraft. A person familiar with the flight data recorder conducted by US officials said the aircraft followed the instructions given by someone in the cockpit.
Who caused the crash?
The aircraft was cruising at 29,000 feet when it suddenly lost altitude and plummeted to the ground at 30,000 feet per minute. At this rate, passengers would have been likely flung to the aircraft ceiling, according to Fortune. The aircraft then recovered from the drop but only briefly before crashing into the ground.Air traffic controllers tried to contact the cockpit after seeing the aircraft suddenly lose altitude but received no response.
ABC News reported that one of the pilots might have been dealing with some personal problems before the crash. However, the airline issued a statement from March to the WSJ that its pilots were financially stable and in good health and family conditions.
The airline also ruled out a possibility cockpit intrusion because the Chinese aviation authorities previously confirmed that no emergency code was received from the aircraft prior to the crash. TheCivil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a summary of its preliminary findings earlier this year and noted that communications between air-traffic controllers and the cockpit crew were regular, according to the WSJ.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States has issued a statement that all information regarding the crash will be disclosed to CAAC, although it is unclear when and whether the Chinese regulator intends to disclose the details of its investigation, according to ABC News.
Under these circumstances, we might not know what happened on the fateful day when China Eastern flight MU5735 did not arrive at Guangzhou airport.