China Eastern resumes Boeing 737-800 flights after crash in March – Metro US
China Eastern resumes Boeing 737-800 flights after crash in March – Metro US

China Eastern resumes Boeing 737-800 flights after crash in March – Metro US

The logo of China Eastern Airlines is pictured in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China Eastern Airlines has begun putting its Boeing 737-800 jets back into service for commercial flights less than a month ago when a crash killed 132 people and led the company to put 223 of the planes on the ground, the airline said Sunday.

The airline said it had performed systematic tests, structural checks and verified airworthiness data for each of the aircraft, and that test flights would be performed on all aircraft before resuming commercial services.

Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration numbers close to the one that crashed on March 21 are still undergoing maintenance checks and evaluations, the company told Reuters in a statement.

Flightradar24 data showed earlier in the day that China Eastern flight MU5843, operated by a three-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft, took off from the southwestern city of Kunming at 1 p.m. 09:58 (0158 GMT) Sunday and landed at. : 03 in Chengdu, also in southwestern China.

The plane, which completed a test flight on Saturday, later returned to Kunming, according to Flightradar24.

Another Boeing 737-800 jet completed a test flight in Shanghai, where China Eastern is based, early Sunday, Flightradar24 data showed.

On March 21, plane MU5735, en route from Kunming to Guangzhou, crashed into the mountains of Guangxi, killing 123 passengers and nine crew members in China’s deadliest aviation disaster in 28 years.

China has picked up both the black boxes and said it would submit a preliminary report to the UN aviation agency ICAO within 30 days of the event.

(Report by Stella Qiu and Ryan Woo; Edited by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Helen Popper)

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