U.S. officials believe that the China Eastern 737 crash in March was intentional, not due to any issue with the Boeing aircraft.
Report: China Eastern 737 Crash Was Intentional According To U.S. Officials
A Wall Street Journal report quotes a person “familiar” with the U.S. investigation, claiming the preliminary assessment reveals:
“The plane did what it was told to do by someone in the cockpit.”
This assessment is drawn from both black box data and findings from Chinese investigators that do not reveal any flight-control or mechanical issues.
It is not clear at this point if pilots were responsible or if someone broke into the cockpit to deliberately cause the crash.
China Eastern, however, is not pleased with the speculation, warning the WSJ:
“Any unofficial speculation may interfere with the accident investigation and affect the real progress of the global air transport industry.”
It also told the WSJ that there is no definitive evidence to accurately determine whether there was aircraft problems. Furthermore, it shared that the pilots’ health, family, and financial conditions were stable.
China Eastern also dismissed speculation that an unauthorized person had entered the cockpit, noting that no emergency code had been squawked from the plane, which could have been done within seconds had someone attempted to gain unauthorized access.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Administration of China refused to respond to requested for comment from the WSJ.
Neither U.S. or Chinese safety regulators nor Boeing have issued any service bulletins concerning the 737-800, something that typically would be done even if there was even a remote hunch that a mechanical failure contributed to the crash.
While this story is developing, for the first time U.S. officials have (unofficially) weighed in on the China Eastern 737-800 crash. The working theory, at least for now, is that the nosedive was deliberate and no mechanical fault on the Boeing aircraft contributed to the crash.
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