On Monday, a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 carrying 132 passengers crashed in the mountains of southern China following a precipitous drop from cruising altitude.
What we know so far about china plane crash - Boeing 737
Faced with its biggest air catastrophe in more than a decade, the Chinese government has moved rapidly to regulate the flow of information, employing a playbook it has polished in recent years that employs propaganda and censorship.
Here are some of the highlights of events that took place
The Eastern China @Boeing 737 crashed into the mountains... went straight nose dive into the ground.— Khurram Zubair ☭ (@khurramm_zubair) March 21, 2022
According to Chinese media reports, 133 passengers were on board in this plane.
Plane can be seen falling straight towards ground in the CCTV footage.#ChinaPlaneCrash #Boeing737 pic.twitter.com/DZj1RPB4kE
- According to Chinese media accounts, this airliner carried 133 people. However there are no signs of survival, according to Chinese official media.
- According to FlightRadar24 data, the aeroplane left Kunming at 1:11pm (0511 GMT) and was scheduled to land in Guangzhou at 3:05pm (0705 GMT). It was destroyed at Tengxian County, Wuzhou.
- At 0620 GMT, the flight, which Flightradar24 claimed was six years old, was travelling at 29,100 feet. Data indicated that it had dropped to 9,075 feet in just over two minutes and 15 seconds. Its final tracked altitude was 3,225 feet twenty seconds later.
- Flight MU5735 plummeted from the skies at nearly the speed of sound before collapsing into a mountainside.
- One of the two black boxes (flight data recorders) from the China Eastern Airlines aircraft that crashed Monday in south China's Guangxi region has been located, according to an official from the country's aviation authority.
- According to Bloomberg News, details on the pilots were also revealed; all three had proper licences, health certificates, and expertise.
- It is unclear whether of the two boxes, the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder, was retrieved. However, it was severely damaged.Officials claimed during a brief press conference on Wednesday that the item found from the China Eastern Airlines plane was likely to be the cockpit voice recorder.
- "Because of the accident site's location in a mountain forest, we have to rely mostly on drones and rescue personnel," Zhu Xiaodong, a rescuer from a Guangzhou-based drone rescue centre, told state media.