A few weeks after the crash of a passenger plane, the passenger planes of China Eastern Airlines are taking off again. After the accident that killed 132, the Chinese airline’s 223 Boeing planes were grounded for security checks.
According to a media report, the crash was not an accident. Someone in the cockpit is said to have caused the Boeing 737-800 to crash. The data from the flight recorder indicated this, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing informed people. The airline and authorities have not yet commented on the report. Boeing shares rose sharply after the report broke.
Airplane crashes are rare in China. The safety precautions are strict. Most recently, in August 2010, a Henan Airlines plane crashed in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
A machine with the flight number MU5735 crashed in a wooded mountainous region at the end of March with 132 people on board. The plane lost more than 6,000 meters in altitude in a minute before disappearing from radar. Eventually it shattered and the impact started a fire.