‘Crash China Eastern plane purposely caused by someone in cockpit’

The China Eastern plane that crashed in southern China in March is believed to have crashed intentionally. US researchers believe that someone in the cockpit deliberately deployed the fatal nosedive, writes The Wall Street Journal. The air disaster – the deadliest in China in thirty years – killed all 132 occupants of the Boeing 737-800.

The aircraft was on its way from Kunming to Guangzhou on 21 March when it inexplicably collapsed from cruising altitude at high speed and smashed on a mountainside. The black box, containing cockpit recordings and flight data, was sent to the United States for analysis because the Boeing is American-made.

The Wall Street Journal has now spoken to people who are familiar with that American research. โ€œThe plane did what it was told by someone in the cockpit,โ€ the newspaper quotes one of those anonymous sources.

Guilty unclear

The Americans are strengthened in their preliminary conclusions as Chinese researchers have so far reported no technical problems with the aircraft or operating systems. The US Transport Security Council (NTSB) and aircraft manufacturer Boeing do not want to respond to the newspapers findings.

Who exactly sent the plane to the ground is still unclear. The pilot or co-pilot could be responsible, but someone could also have entered the cockpit and caused a crash.


Earlier, international aviation experts noted that no distress signal had been issued by the aircraft. The way in which the aircraft quickly went to the ground also reminded them of the crash with a Germanwings aircraft in the French Alps, in 2015, and co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who later turned out to have serious psychiatric problems, caused the disaster intentionally.

China Eastern has already said that both the pilot and co-pilot of China Eastern flight MU5375 were known to be healthy. Nor would they have had any financial or family problems.