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China Eastern Airlines grounded Boeing 737-800 after crash

China Eastern Airlines has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing 737-800 planes – a move that comes after the same widely used plane model crashed out of the sky earlier this week with 132 passengers on board.

A spokesman for the airline said China Eastern and its affiliates have temporarily halted operations for a total of 223 Boeing 737-800s. Aircraft undergo security checks and maintenance during landing.

China Eastern Airlines also plans to revise its aircraft safety protocols after the incident, CNN reported.

Authorities have yet to determine what caused the crash of China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735 with no apparent survivors. The plane appeared to dive from a cruising altitude of about 30,000 feet.

Flight tracking service FlightRadar24 said the plane “lost altitude very quickly,” with a vertical descent of 31,000 feet per minute. Authorities recovered the plane’s black box from the crash site on Wednesday, which could provide clues as to what happened.

China Eastern Airlines plane crash
The China Eastern Airlines plane went into a dive for reasons yet to be clarified.

Boeing did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment on China Eastern Airlines’ decision.

The incident comes at a sensitive time for Boeing, which is trying to recover after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max model turned its business upside down. The 737 Max is scheduled to return to service in China soon after being grounded for three years following those incidents.

Plane crash site in China
Authorities recovered one of two black boxes from the crash site.

Boeing addressed the crash in a statement earlier this week.

“Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735. We are working with and stand by our airline customer,” Boeing said in a statement.

“Boeing is in contact with the US National Transportation Safety Board and our technical experts stand ready to assist in the investigation led by the Civil Aviation Authority of China.”

Rescue workers at the site of a plane crash in China
Authorities have found no survivors of the China Eastern Airlines plane crash.
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Boeing shares initially plummeted after the crash, but have since recovered above their pre-incident levels.

China Eastern Airlines is one of the country’s top three airlines, and Boeing 737-800 aircraft make up a sizable portion of its fleet. The 737-800 model is also the most commonly used Boeing aircraft, according to aeronautical analysis firm Cirium, with 4,502 Boeing aircraft currently in service.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/china-eastern-airlines-grounds-boeing-737-800-planes-after-crash/ China Eastern Airlines grounded Boeing 737-800 after crash

DUSTIN JONES

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