The cause of Monday’s crash has not yet been determined. This aircraft has been in service since 2015. The plane, operated by China Eastern Airlines, crashed while flying from the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming to Guangzhou.
Here’s what we know about aircraft.
The crashed China Eastern Airlines plane was a Boeing 737-800. This is the most common version of the Boeing jet aircraft currently in service, and will serve on the fleets of several airlines.
The 737-800 is an older model aircraft that was replaced by the 737 Max.
Previous security issues
Boeing began delivering the 737-800 in 1998, but has not provided a civilian version of the aircraft since China Eastern Two took off in January 2020.
The Boeing 737-800 is part of a Boeing jet called the 737-NG. U.S. regulators have cited security concerns over “next-generation” aircraft, although they have not risen to the point where they need to land.
In 2019, Boeing recommended redesigning part of the jet engine covers to prevent the aircraft from flying in the event of a similar malfunction. Boeing agreed to make the change.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, there has been no catastrophic crash at the Chinese airline since 2010. Boeing released a statement on Monday saying it was working with US and Chinese security officials.
“Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735,” the aircraft manufacturer said. “We work closely with our airline clients and are ready to assist them. Boeing has been in contact with the US National Transportation Safety Board and our technicians are ready to assist in the investigation led by China’s Civil Aviation Administration.”
The 737-800 does not have the feature that caused the 737 Max crashes.
– CNN’s Richard Quest, Yong Xiong and Helen Regan contributed to this report.
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