The preliminary report of the investigation into the crash of the China Eastern Airlines Boieng 737-800 model plane, which plummeted vertically from the sky over southern China in March, points out that pilots stopped responding to flight controllers shortly after the first crash. of altitude.
The plane, with 132 people on board, crashed on March 21 near the city of Wuzhou in southern China’s Guangxi region. The aircraft was flying between cities from Kunming to Guangzhou. The fire caused by the fall was large enough to show up in satellite images. All passengers and crew died.
The case impressed by the dynamics of the fall, vertically in a few minutes. Security cameras from a company close to the scene showed how the plane quickly plummeted, fully aimed at the ground.
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The preliminary report, which was released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), did not point to any possible cause for this type of crash, which drew criticism from experts.
The report is a mandatory document that the airline’s home country must present 30 days after the crash. In the preliminary conclusions, the CAAC, also states that the black boxes are still very damaged, which would make investigations difficult.
The document states that the aircraft quickly dropped from an altitude of 8,900 meters.
Police clear debris at the plane crash site in Tengxian County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Tuesday (22) — Photo: CCTV via AP Video
“Guangzhou area control radar showed a command altitude ‘deviation’ warning, the aircraft left cruising altitude, the controller called the crew immediately, but received no response,” the report notes.
In March, days after the crash, the head of the CAAC accident investigation center, Mao Yanfeng, told a news conference that controllers kept in touch with the plane throughout the journey.