China Eastern Airlines resumes Boeing 737-800 flights less than a month after crash

China Eastern Airlines resumed using the Boeing 737-800 on commercial flights this Sunday, less than a month after the crash of a plane of the same model that killed 132 and led the company to paralyze two hundred planes in its fleet.

The news was advanced by the Reuters agency citing a website specializing in aviation.

According to Flightradar24, China Eastern flight MU5843, operated by a three-year-old Boeing 737-800, took off this Sunday from Kunming, in the southwest of the country, and landed in Chengdu, also in southwest China. The day before, the same aircraft had already performed a test flight.

Another China Eastern Boeing 737-800 made a test flight this Sunday in Shanghai, where the company is based. China Eastern told Reuters that it had carried out systematic and structural tests on all its aircraft, whose return to service will always be preceded by a test flight.

Boeing 737-800s with registration numbers close to the plane that crashed on March 21 are still undergoing maintenance checks and evaluation procedures, China Eastern added.

In March, a Boeing of the same family that was connecting Kunming and Guangzhou abruptly dropped from its cruising altitude before colliding with the mountains of Guangxi, causing the death of 132 passengers. It was the worst aerial in Chinese skies in 28 years.

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