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China Crash Shrouded in Mystery

Airline crash investigations are laborious and detailed. The latest could be even more so.
China Eastern crash 737-800 Boeing
Source: Zhou Hua/Xinhua via Reuters

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By George Leopold

What’s at stake?
Scarce flight data and Beijing’s clampdown on crash information are likely to hamper the investigation into why a China Eastern Airlines flight suddenly nosedived into the ground.

The mystery deepens over precisely what transpired in the cockpit of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU5735 in the moments before the Boeing 737-800 plunged more than 20,000 feet in just over a minute on Monday, before crashing in China’s mountainous Guangxi region.

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