China Eastern Airlines crash investigators drop update

The investigators for the China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 that suddenly nose-dived into a crash have dropped an update.

@JakConnorTT
Published Wed, Mar 23 2022 2:03 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 19 2022 8:37 AM CDT

On Monday, a flight carrying 132 people nose-dived towards the surface of Earth in Tengxian county in southwestern China.

China Eastern Airlines crash investigators drop update 01 | TweakTown.com

The flight was identified as China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735, and the nose-dive was captured on video by a CCTV camera and a car dash-cam. The crash has marked the worst air disaster for China in nearly 30 decades as authorities were unable to identify any survivors at the wreckage. Now, Chinese authorities are saying that investigators are facing "a very high level of difficulty" in figuring out what caused the plane to nose-dive.

Zhu Tao, director of aviation safety at the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), said on Tuesday, "The jet was seriously damaged during the crash, and investigations will face a very high level of difficulty." Adding, "Given the information currently available, we still do not have a clear assessment of the cause for the crash." Tao also added that the plane met all "airworthiness standards before taking off", and that during its descent, the pilots didn't respond to calls from air controllers.

According to FlightRadar24 data, MU5735 descended nearly 26,000 feet in around 2 minutes, and while it headed towards the ground, it was traveling so fast that parts of the plane were being torn off. US Federal Aviation Administration investigator Michael Daniel has previously worked on cases where planes have nose-dived into the ground and suggested that for MU5735, "foul play" took place.

Daniel noted that during the descent, the plane had power, which "rules out a catastrophic type of failure".

"Even with catastrophic failures, a lot of times you'll see some opportunity for declaring an emergency, or mayday or, or something along those lines. There's nothing that's been released here that indicates any kind of distress call," said Daniel.

Buy at Amazon

Bioworld NASA Space Logo Fleece Throw Blanket

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
$24.90$24.94$25.99
* Prices last scanned on 7/7/2022 at 1:18 am CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Jak joined the TweakTown team in 2017 and has since reviewed 100s of new tech products and kept us informed daily on the latest science and space news. Jak's love for science, space, and technology, and, more specifically, PC gaming, began at 10 years old. It was the day his dad showed him how to play Age of Empires on an old Compaq PC. Ever since that day, Jak fell in love with games and the progression of the technology industry in all its forms. Instead of typical FPS, Jak holds a very special spot in his heart for RTS games.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles