The Boeing 737-800 of China Eastern Airlines crashed in mountains in southern China on a domestic flight from Kunming to Guangzhou, on Monday. Rescuers found no survivors among the 123 passengers and nine crews that were on board at the time of the crash. Analysing the data from the flight, aviation expert Sally Gethin suggests that passengers must have been knocked out by the g-force during the vertical fall of the plane.
However, she says that the route that the plane took indicates that one or more of the pilots might have regained consciousness and tried to save the plane in the last few seconds.
The plane flew at 29,000 feet and was nearing its destination when it suddenly began to lose altitude until it crashed on the ground within two minutes.
There was a brief ascent in altitude at about 8,000 feet, which indicates a “10 to 20-second spell where one or more of the pilots regained consciousness and tried to save the plane,” Gethin told the Sun.
Although Ms Gethin noted that all the people on board would have been unconscious at the time of the crash.
Reports say that there were three pilots on the plane, two of which were very experienced, while the third one was a trainee.
A co-pilot had 30,000 hours of flight experience, and the pilot himself had 7,000, which Ms Gethin says is “unusual”.
Footage of the crash shows the shocking freefall that the plane went into before hitting the ground, causing a mountain fire near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi Zhuang region.
China Eastern Airlines acknowledged the tragic accident with a brief statement saying: “Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735.
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