China grants visas to US experts to investigate plane crashes

China has issued visas to US experts and technical advisers to come to the country to help investigate last week’s plane crash.

“The team hopes to be able to hit the road this week,” the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on March 29.

In addition to the NTSB investigators, China also granted visas to technical advisers from the US Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and the 737-800 CFM engine maker.

The plane's second black box was found at the crash site in Guangxi province, China, on March 27.  Photo: Xinhua.

The plane’s second black box was found at the crash site in Guangxi province, China, on March 27. Photo: Xinhua.

It is not yet clear whether American experts need to be isolated in China in accordance with the country’s anti-Covid-19 regulations, the NTSB said, adding that related issues are being discussed.

China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 crashed in a mountainous area in southern China on March 21, killing all 132 people on board.

Data from FlightRadar24 shows that the plane plunged almost vertically while flying at an altitude of nearly 9,000 meters. The pilot seemed to have tried to save the plane in the last seconds, regaining altitude, but the plane still crashed to the ground at a speed of nearly 600 km / h. This is China’s worst air disaster in 28 years.

Search teams on March 27 found the plane’s second black box in the wreckage. The NTSB has remained in regular contact with the Civil Aviation Administration of China since the accident. Under an international agreement, the NTSB is entitled to participate because the aircraft is designed and built in the United States.

US Federal Aviation Administration official Steve Dickson told reporters yesterday that he was pleased by signs that China was complying with its obligations under international treaties.

“We’re ready to go,” Dickson said, but noted that Washington and Beijing were continuing to discuss outstanding issues, including China’s anti-epidemic regulations.

Vu Hoang (According to Reuters)

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