Flight data from a black box (one of those found) recovered from a Chinese plane crash earlier this year indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet, it's been reported
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Chinese plane crash that killed 132 people in March ‘was caused intentionally by someone in the cockpit’, data from the black boxes suggests

  • Boeing 737-800 from Kunming to Guangzhou crashed in Guangxi mountains
  • A blackbox was found after the China Eastern jet crashed killing 132 people
  • Data from it claims to show someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet 

Flight data from a black box recovered from a Chinese plane crash earlier this year indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet, it’s been reported. 

The China Eastern Boeing 737-800 went into a sudden nosedive, appeared to briefly recover, and then slammed into the ground in the mountainous Guangxi area on March 21. 

Today, the Wall Street Journal cited U.S. officials’ preliminary assessment – who analysed both black boxes at a government lab in Washington, DC – which they say puts the finger at a person inside the most secure area of a plane. 

The Boeing 737-800 was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou when all 123 passengers and nine crew members died – killing 132 – in mainland China’s deadliest aviation disaster in 28 years.

It also prompted China Eastern to ground all its Boeing planes – prompting fears about the aerospace company.

Flight data from a black box (one of those found) recovered from a Chinese plane crash earlier this year indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet, it's been reported

Flight data from a black box (one of those found) recovered from a Chinese plane crash earlier this year indicates someone in the cockpit intentionally crashed the jet, it’s been reported

The China Eastern Boeing 737-800 went into a sudden nosedive, appeared to briefly recover, and then slammed into the ground in the mountainous Guangxi area on March 21

The China Eastern Boeing 737-800 went into a sudden nosedive, appeared to briefly recover, and then slammed into the ground in the mountainous Guangxi area on March 21

China Eastern airlines and the US National Transportation Safety Board did not immediately respond to requests for comment

China Eastern airlines and the US National Transportation Safety Board did not immediately respond to requests for comment

A report issued in April by the Civil Aviation Administration of China said no abnormalities had been found in the plane, its crew or external elements such as bad weather.

The report said investigators are still attempting to extract data from the heavily damaged black box flight data and voice recorders that might offer insight into the plane’s condition and the crew’s actions in the final minutes of the flight.

The China Eastern Boeing 737-800 went into a sudden nosedive, appeared to briefly recover, and then slammed into the ground in a mountainous area on March 21.

The crew made no report of problems before losing contact with air traffic control.

The crash left a 65-foot-deep crater in a mountainside, shattered the plane and set off a fire in the surrounding forest.

More than 49,000 pieces of plane debris were found. It took two days to find the cockpit voice recorder and six days for the flight data recorder, which was buried 5 feet underground.

China Eastern, one of four major Chinese airlines, and its subsidiaries grounded all their Boeing 737-800s, more than 200 planes, following the crash but have since returned them to service.

From mid-April it had resumed use of the 737-800 planes and Chinese regulators did not point to any technical recommendations on the 737-800, which has been in service since 1997 with a strong safety record, according to experts. 

The airline said the grounding was a precaution, not a sign of any problem with the planes, which are among the most relied upon by airlines worldwide.

Boeing, the maker of the jet, declines to comment while China Eastern airlines and the US National Transportation Safety Board did not immediately respond to requests for comment.  

Reuters reported that shares of Boeing were up 5.1% in afternoon trade. 

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