China issues preliminary report on China Eastern flight 5735

Friday, April 22, 2022

Crews digging through the wreckage on March 25
Image: 中国新闻网.

On Wednesday, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a preliminary report about the crash of China Eastern flight 5735 (MU5735), which killed 132 passengers and crew, without drawing any definitive conclusions.

The CAAC report said both of the recovered flight data recorders were significantly damaged and yielded no usable information. The recorders have been sent to the United States National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. for further analysis.

MU5735 was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou on a domestic flight when it suddenly went into a steep decline in altitude and crashed into a mountainside on March 21. The CAAC said air traffic controllers had their final communication with the pilots at 2:16pm local time when it was still at cruising altitude of 29,200 feet (8,900 m).