Flight data from the China Eastern Airlines airplane that crashed in March suggests someone intentionally wrecked the plane, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
Data from the black box implies someone in the cockpit sent the jet into a catastrophic dive, the Journal claimed, citing US officials’ preliminary assessment.
On March 21, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft carrying 132 passengers and crew members crashed while en route from Kunming to Guangzhou. All 132 people on board were killed in the accident.
The United States received the black box flight data recorders that were retrieved from the crash site in order to conduct an investigation.
The inquiry has centered on a pilot’s actions, while it is plausible that someone else aboard the plane broke into the cockpit and caused the crash, the Journal stated.
“The plane did what it was told to do by someone in the cockpit,” one close source told the Wall Street Journal.
The source said Chinese officials haven’t cited mechanical or flight control issues in the March 21 incident.
The CAAC stated staff followed safety criteria before takeoff, the plane wasn’t carrying dangerous goods, and it didn’t appear to encounter bad weather, but a comprehensive inquiry may take years, the agency said.