China Eastern Airlines resumes Boeing 737-800 flight after March crash

In a statement China Eastern Airlines said, it has resumed commercial flights with Boeing 737-800 jetliners. The announcement comes less than a month after a Boeing 737-800 crash that killed all 132 people aboard.

China Eastern Airlines said, it had conducted systematic tests, structural checkups and verified airworthiness data for each of the aircraft. Test flights would be carried out on all planes before they resuming commercial services.

Data from Flightradar24 shows China Eastern flight MU5843, operated by a three-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft, took off from the southwestern city of Kunming at 09:58 a.m. (0158 GMT) on Sunday and landed at 11:03 a.m. in Chengdu, also in southwestern China. The aircraft which completed a test flight on Saturday, returned back to Kunming, according to Flightradar24.

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

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

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