All 132 people on board crashed Chinese plane have died
Nanning, China, March 27 (IANS) All 132 people aboard the China Eastern Airlines plane that crashed in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have died, an official said.
The national emergency response headquarters for the China Eastern Airlines Flight MU5735 plane crash on March 21 made the announcement at a press conference late Saturday evening after six days of search and investigation efforts. rescue, Xinhua news agency reported.
“It is with great sadness that we announce here that all 123 passengers and nine crew members aboard China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 on March 21 have all passed away,” said Hu Zhenjiang, deputy commander of the headquarters and deputy head of civil aviation administration. from China.
According to the requirements of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, the headquarters organized personnel from multiple departments, including firefighters, soldiers, armed police, public security, health and quarantine, to conduct a massive search of the crash site for the past six consecutive days, he added.
With expert analysis of video content in various monitoring and recording equipment, key data recorded by facilities such as air traffic control radar, and in particular the distribution of wreckage at the site of the accident, it can be determined that there were no signs of life at the accident site, Hu said.
So far, the identities of 120 victims of the plane crash have been confirmed by DNA tests.
The China Eastern Airlines Boeing (NYSE:) 737 plane, which was taking off from Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province and heading to Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, crashed in a mountainous area in Tengxian County, Guangxi around 2:38 p.m. Monday.
In the next stage, more efforts will be made to search for the remains of the victims and the wreckage of the plane in order to provide strong support for the following investigation and the collection of evidence, said the deputy chief of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The official also promised efforts to properly handle the consequences.
“We are deeply saddened by the accident. We mourn the loss of 132 lives and express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved families.”
All attendees of the press conference stood in silent tribute to the dead in the plane crash.
“Our hearts are heavy. We have been searching for the place where the plane crashed and the surrounding hilly areas for days, waiting for a miracle,” said Li Shaolin, head of a fire team in the city of Guilin. .
Along with a number of pieces of wreckage, rescuers recovered a black box – believed to be the cockpit voice recorder – and are still looking for the second black box, or flight data recorder. Work on downloading and analyzing the data from the recovered black box is in progress.
A public security authority physics and chemistry lab tested 41 out of 66 samples from the crash site and found no major ionic components of common inorganic or organic explosives, said fire chief Zheng Xi. from the Guangxi region at a press conference. briefing on Saturday afternoon.
Several thousand people joined the search and rescue efforts. Drones and other equipment were also used in the operation.