China Eastern Airlines Restart Using Boeing 737-800 Plane After March Crash

Issue: 3 / 2022

On March 21, 2022, Flight MU5735, which was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou, crashed in the mountains of Guangxi killing 123 passengers and nine crew members in mainland China’s deadliest aviation disaster in 28 years. In less than a month after the crash on March 21, 2022, that killed 132 people on board, China Eastern Airlines has restarted using the Boeing 737-800 jetliners for commercial flights, data from a tracking website showed on April 17. The crash grounded over 200 of its aircraft last month. China Eastern flight MU5843, operated by a three-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft, took off from the South Western city of Kunming at 09:58 am, local time (0158 GMT) on April 17, 2022, and landed at Chengdu, also in South Western China, at 11:03 am local time, as showed by the data from Flightradar24. That aircraft, which completed a test flight on April 16, 2022, departed Chengdu at 13:02 pm for Kunming, according to Flightradar24. Another Boeing 737-800 jet conducted a test flight in the morning of Sunday April 17, 2022, in Shanghai, where China Eastern is based, Flightradar24 data showed. China Eastern was not immediately available for comment. China Eastern Airlines has restarted using Boeing 737-800 jetliners for commercial flights after the crash that killed 132 passengers in China.