China Eastern Resumes Boeing 737-800 Flights Less Than a Month After Fatal Crash

China Eastern Airlines has resumed using Boeing 737-800 jetliners for commercial flights almost one month after a crash killed 132 people on board and grounded over 200 of its MU5843 aircraft on Sunday.

China Eastern Airlines said it had executed systematic tests, structural checkups, and confirmed airworthiness data for each aircraft.

China Eastern Airlines added that they will carry out test flights on all planes before it resumes commercial services.

Flightradar24 data showed on March 21 that the three-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which operated the China Eastern flight MU5843, took off from Kunming at 09:58 A.M (0158 GMT) on Sunday and landed at 11:03 A.M. in Chengdu in southwestern China.

According to Flightradar24, Boeing 737-800 completed a test flight on Saturday and later returned to Kunming.

Flightradar24 added that another Boeing 737-800 jet conducted a test flight early on Sunday in Shanghai.

China Eastern Airlines said that Boeing 737-800 planes with registration numbers close to the one that crashed on March 21 are still undergoing maintenance checks and evaluation.


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