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China Air Crash May Have Been Deliberate

China Easterns Boeing 737 airplane
Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon, CC BY-SA 4.0
China Eastern plane crash likely intentional

Data from one of the plane’s “black box” flight recorders, suggests inputs to controls pushed the plane into a fatal dive Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with a preliminary assessment.

Investigators looking into the crash are examining whether it was due to intentional action on the flight deck, with no evidence found of a technical malfunction, according to Reuters, which cited two people briefed on the matter.

The crash of China Eastern Flight 5735 posed a fresh challenge for aviation authorities in the country, which has maintained a strong flight-safety record in recent years.

The jet was a Boeing 737-800, a model long viewed as a reliable workhorse in the industry.