Emergency services launch rescue operation after passenger plane crashes in South China
There were no survivors after a plane carrying 132 people crashed in southern China, according to the country’s state broadcaster.
Rescue teams continue to search for the wreckage of a Chinese Eastern plane that crashed into the mountains in Guangxi province and burst into flames yesterday afternoon.
One eyewitness reported seeing the jet noisy and hit the ground – while another heard the explosion “like thunder”.
It is one of the country’s worst air disasters in years.
Concerned relatives have gathered at Guangzhou’s Baiyun airport, awaiting news.
A woman said that six of her family members and friends were on board the plane. They were going for the funeral.
She said, “I’m in a lot of pain.
Smoke can be seen rising from a hill near the city of Wuzhou in Teng County after a Boeing 737-800 plummeted 30,000 feet in two minutes.
Rescuers are scouring the slopes and hoping to find the plane’s black box, which could help experts pinpoint the cause of the crash.
China Eastern Airlines has grounded its entire Boeing 737-800 fleet and President Xi Jinping has ordered an investigation.
The hunt for the black box continues
Rescuers are still doing everything possible to remove the black box of a passenger plane that crashed Monday afternoon in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Zhu Tao, the head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s security office, said the serious damage to the plane made investigations difficult.
He added that the investigation team is investigating “as per procedures, the rescue team is searching the accident site and going out to search the black box”.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 March 2022 04:24
rain stopped rescue operation
The rescue work was temporarily halted on Wednesday due to rain. According to local media, there are no survivors yet and the cause of the accident is not clear.
China Eastern Airlines says it has contacted the families of all 123 passengers who were on board when the plane crashed on Monday.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 March 2022 03:44
China begins security reform of civil aviation
China’s civil aviation regulator on Tuesday directed the immediate start of a two-week-long security overhaul of the civil aviation sector following the death of 132 people in a plane crash.
The security overhaul includes all regional air-traffic management bureaus, companies involved in civil aviation transportation and general aviation, relevant service providers, airport operators, flight training organizations, among others.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 March 2022 03:33
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Liam James22 March 2022 20:05
Latest photos from search
The search continues in the mountains of Guangxi.
None of the 132 Boeing 737-800s that crashed yesterday survived.
Rescuers are hoping to find the plane’s black box, which could help experts pinpoint the cause of the crash.
Liam James22 March 2022 18:35
Plane is visible in CCTV
Sky News and CNN are showing footage that shows a China Eastern plane pecking its nose before it crashed yesterday.
According to reports, the footage was captured in a nearby CCTV camera.
Liam James22 March 2022 17:40
The model of the crashed plane had an ‘excellent safety record’
The Boeing 737-800 airplane model had an “excellent safety record” according to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSH).
The plane has been flying since 1998 and Boeing has sold more than 5,100 of them.
It has been involved in 22 major accidents and 612 people have died.
“There are thousands of them around the world. It certainly has had an excellent safety record,” FSH President Hassan Shahidi said of the 737-800.
Liam James22 March 2022 16:48
What will the test look like?
China will lead the investigation into tomorrow’s disaster. Boeing and CFM, the makers of the aircraft’s engines, will also have a representative from US Crash Investigators.
It is important to recover the jet’s ‘black box’ for investigation.
An instrument, called a flight data recorder, receives information about the aircraft’s airspeed, altitude, direction, pilot actions, and the performance of all major systems.
Cockpit Voice Record captures sounds including conversation and background engine noise during flight. Investigators will look at the aircraft’s maintenance history, pilots’ training and records, communications with air traffic control and weather data.
They will examine pieces of debris for clues. The size of the debris field is also important – when the debris is spread over a very large area, it can indicate that the aircraft was collapsing before hitting the ground.
Laurie Churchman22 March 2022 15:57
plane brow specialist
The Nosative Crash of the China Eastern Plane has stunned the experts.
According to Bloomberg, investigators will be looking at the aircraft’s weather, any distress calls and the possibility of technical failures. The profiles of the crew members will also be checked.
Jeff Guzzetti, former accident investigation chief of the US Federal Aviation Administration, said the crash was “very strange”.
Laurie Churchman22 March 2022 15:37
Expert says ‘weather, intentional sabotage, or pilot error’ could be behind crash
According to Chinese officials, the cause of yesterday’s plane crash is still not known.
If it is found, the cockpit voice recorder could provide clues about what happened.
“Accidents that start at cruise altitude are usually caused by weather, intentional sabotage or pilot error,” said Dan Elwell, former head of the US regulator for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Elwell said mechanical failures were rare at cruise altitude in modern commercial jets.
Laurie Churchman22 March 2022 15:14