Experts confused by the crash of Chinese Eastern Air Lines MU5735

A plane crash in China, believed to have killed all 132 people on board, puzzled aviation experts who expressed confusion trying to explain how the Boeing 737 suddenly plunged to the ground.

Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737-800 was heading from Kunming to Guangzhou International Airport in China. Video footage What caught the crash seemed to indicate that the plane was plunging before it crashed into the mountainous area.

Flight records reveal that the plane plunged more than 26,000 feet in about 95 seconds, according to To Flightradar24..

“It’s very strange,” said Jeff Gusetti, a former Federal Aviation Administration accident investigator. Told Bloomberg News Of the crash.

“This is a strange profile,” said John Cox, an aviation safety consultant and former Boeing 737 pilot. “It’s hard to get an airplane to do this.”

However, former National Transportation Safety Board investigator Benjamin Berman told the outlet that it was still too early to draw conclusions about the cause or cause of the accident. The 737-800 stated that it was normally designed not to dive at such steep angles, and that it was due to a very unusual failure or serious effort by the pilot of the plane.

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Workers will control access at the entrance of the village leading to the scene of the China Eastern Airlines plane crash in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southwestern China on March 22, 2022. (Ng Han Guan / AP photo)

Boeing 737-800s are generally considered to have excellent safety records and are used around the world. This preceded the globally grounded Boeing 737 MAX after two crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia a few years ago.

“I need something to hold my nose,” Berman said.

“The first thing the accident investigator has to decide is whether everything came together when the plane landed, or if something fell off the plane before it landed.” Boeing 777 Pilot Juan Brown Quote According to the South China Morning Post. “The video data for me suggests that the aircraft was one,” he added.

In an example of a sudden plane crash in recent years, according to the National Transportation Safety Board in 2020, an Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings cargo plane crashed into Trinity Bay near Houston, with three people on board. Died. The plane plummeted. 3,000 feet in 30 seconds before the crash.

2020 report According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the co-pilot of an Atlas Air Worldwide plane has lost its sense of direction and turned the nose of the plane to the ground.

Meanwhile, Zhu Tao, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told reporters on Tuesday that “so far, no survivors have been found in search and rescue operations.”

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Jack Phillips is the latest news reporter for The Epoch Times, based in New York.