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Search for China’s crash site halted as rain slopes downhill

Search for China's crash site halted as rain slopes downhill

looking for clues as to why a plane made an inexplicable dive and crashed into a mountain in southern China The suspension was suspended on Wednesday as rain eroded the debris field and filled the red-dirt created by the sharp impact of the plane.

Previously, explorers had used hand tools, drones and sniffer dogs in rainy conditions to scour heavily wooded slopes for flight data and cockpit voice recorders as well as any human remains.

Crews also worked to pump water out of a pit created when the plane struck the ground, but their efforts were suspended around mid-morning because small landslides were possible on steep, steep slopes.

Video clips posted by Chinese state media showed small pieces of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft scattered in the area. Earthen-stained wallets, banks and identity cards have also been recovered. Next to each piece of rubble is a number, the larger ones being marked by police tape.

China Eastern Flight 5735, carrying 123 passengers and nine crew from Kunming in Yunnan province, was en route to Guangzhou, an industrial hub on China’s southeast coast, when it crashed outside the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region on Monday afternoon. All 132 people on board are feared dead.

Investigators say it is too early to speculate on the cause. An hour after departure, the aircraft went into an unexplained dive and stopped transmitting data at 96 seconds.

An air-traffic controller tried to contact the pilots several times after seeing a sharp drop in altitude, but there was no response, said Zhu Tao, director of the Office of Aviation Safety at the Civil Aviation Authority of China. Tuesday evening press conference.

“As of now, the rescue team is yet to locate the survivors,” Zhu said. “The Department of Public Safety has taken control of the site.”

China Eastern is headquartered in Shanghai and is one of the three largest carriers in China with over 600 aircraft, including 109 Boeing 737-800s. China’s Ministry of Transport said China Eastern has closed all of its 737-800s, a move that could further disrupt domestic air travel as of the beginning of 2020 due to the largest COVID-19 outbreak in China. is at its initial peak.

The Boeing 737-800 has been flying since 1998 and has a well-established safety record. It is an older model than the 737 Max, which was discontinued around the world for almost two years after fatal accidents in 2018 and 2019.

Monday’s crash was China’s worst in more than a decade. In August 2010, an Embraer ERJ 190-100 operated by Henan Airlines hit the ground under the runway in the northeastern city of Yichun and caught fire. There were 96 people on board and 44 of them died. Investigators blamed a pilot error.

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