Investigators release update on fatal China Eastern 737 crash

Chinese investigators have released an update on the investigation into the 2022 crash of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737.

The short announcement published by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) today (March 21), coincides with the one-year anniversary of the fatal accident, which killed all 123 passengers and nine crew members on board.

The jet, B-1791 (c/n 41474) was performing flight MU5735, a domestic scheduled passenger service between Kunming/Changshui and Guangzhou/Baiyun, when it deviated from its cruising altitude of 29,000ft and descended rapidly, striking the ground in a near vertical attitude.

“Over the past year, the technical investigation team has conducted detailed inspections of the wreckage of the plane to determine the possible working status of the key control components of the plane before the crash,” the statement, which was only available in mandarin, said. “[The investigation has also] conducted experiments on more than 100 pieces of important wreckage and analysed the causes of damage.”

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