[The Epoch Times, May 20, 2022]These two days,Eastern AirlinesThe latest development of the crash has been made. On the 17th, the “Wall Street Journal” took the lead in disclosing the heavy news, referring to the on-boardblack boxFlight data showed that there was sabotage in the cockpit, causing the plane to crash. Immediately, a number of American media quoted their own sources and disclosed similar news. After this,Civil Aviation Administration of ChinaBoth China Eastern and China Eastern Airlines responded that the relevant data analysis is still under investigation. However, it is a little surprising that the response did not directly deny the content of the revelations.
Previously, two sent to the United States to decipherblack box, was sent back to Beijing on April 8. So, since the data download and deciphering work has long been completed, why did the US choose to disclose the news at this time? At the same time, the content of the disclosure seems to have a meaning, and the series of reactions from the CCP is also quite strange. So, what kind of riddles are the US and China fighting? Let’s talk about that today.
Let’s first take a look at what news has been disclosed by these media in the United States. On the 17th, The Wall Street Journal first quoted people familiar with the initial assessment of U.S. officials as revealing that flight data from one of the black boxes recovered from the crash site showed that someone on the plane entered the command of the control device, causing the plane to enter a deadly dive. Meaning, someone in the cockpit deliberately crashed the plane.
Information gathered so far in the Eastern investigation has prompted U.S. officials involved in the investigation to turn their attention to a pilot, people familiar with the matter said. However, these people also mentioned that it is also possible that other people on the plane broke into the cockpit to deliberately cause the crash.
However, in response to the possibility of the cabin being invaded, China Eastern Airlines responded that this situation is unlikely to happen because the plane did not return any emergency signal before it crashed.
In the “Wall Street Journal” report, it also quoted an April report in the aviation professional magazine “Leeham News and Analysis” that mentioned the aircraft.Eastern AirlinesPreliminary readings from the flight data recorder of the crashed airliner suggest the pilot must have entered the controls deliberately.
Additionally, officials interviewed by ABC noted that the plane’s flaps were not engaged. The flaps, usually attached to the rear edge of the wing, extend from the wing when in use, and the landing gear is not lowered. The officials interviewed believed that the aircraft was descending almost vertically, which required deliberate force. As we all know, the crashed plane of China Eastern Airlines smashed a big hole 20 meters deep after hitting the ground violently.
In addition, Reuters also reported in the report, citing a Western official, saying that during the initial investigation, no signs of technical failure were found, and then investigators began to focus on the behavior of the crew.
So, what are the reactions of all parties involved in the Eastern Airlines crash?
Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737-800 plane, declined to comment, allowing reporters to refer questions to Chinese regulators, VOA reported.
Separately, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) declined to comment. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a statement that all information on the investigation would come from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the ABC reported. The National Transportation Safety Board, will not release any updates on the accident investigation.Civil Aviation Administration of ChinaWhen and if the update is released is entirely up to them.
Reuters reported that on the 17th, the day the Wall Street Journal broke the news, they had no way to contact the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the Chinese embassy declined to comment.
It can be seen that these media seem to be deliberately distancing, indicating that the source has nothing to do with the US official. So far, no official U.S. official has come out to deny the news.
On May 18, the second day after the revelation came out, the Civil Aviation Administration of China did not respond directly, but responded through the Global Times that the investigation into the crash of China Eastern Airlines was still in progress. The National Transportation Safety Board participated in the investigation of the accident investigators,” and the other party “did not release relevant investigation information to any media.”
It can be seen that the CCP’s official media “refuting rumors” also appears to be somewhat “paradoxical”, because it emphasized in its response that the U.S. official did not disclose information to the media, but did not refute rumors that “someone deliberately” crashed the plane .
This time and again, I feel that both China and the United States seem to be entangled in who leaked the news, and the news itself is second. So, why did the media disclose this news at this time? And who wants to disclose it through the media? What is the purpose?
One thing we see for sure is that these reports clearly state that the crash was not due to the plane. Jennifer Homendy, chairwoman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), also said in an interview with Reuters on May 10 that investigations so far have not uncovered any safety issues that warrant urgent action. She also said the committee would “issue urgent safety advice” if it found any safety concerns.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that Beijing, which is leading the investigation, has so far not found any mechanical or flight control problems with the crashed plane. The crashed Boeing model is a workhorse of the global aviation industry and has one of the best safety records in commercial flight.
Obviously, the news of these investigations has also made Boeing the biggest beneficiary. Because, after the air crash, the Chinese Internet was full of doubts and criticisms about the Boeing aircraft, and the CCP also allowed these Internet rumors to spread all over the sky, which seems to be suspected of deliberately throwing the blame. It is estimated that Boeing, which is under suspicion and suffered losses, is also very dissatisfied with China’s handling of it. It may be guessed that the relevant personnel of the aircraft manufacturer involved in the investigation broke the news. It can be seen that after the news came out, Boeing’s stock price closed the day and rose rapidly by 6.45%.
In the previous program, we have analyzed that the CCP is so obedient this time and invited the United States to assist in the investigation. It should be that the two sides signed a non-disclosure agreement, which means that the United States cannot disclose any investigation results.
China’s actions reveal the truth
The Eastern Airlines disaster this time must be quite hidden. In fact, some of the CCP’s earlier actions have already revealed some clues.
For example, after the accident, on the Chinese Internet, it was reported that the crash of China Eastern Airlines was related to the deputy captain Zhang Zhengping. On April 5, it was rumored on the Internet that the internal public security system of China Eastern locked Zhang Zhengping 20 minutes after the air crash, raided the hotel where he once stayed, and found a suicide note. Zhang Zhengping complained in the suicide note that he had been working all the time. Since the merger of Yunnan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, he has been treated unfairly. His personal investments have failed, and his decades of savings have been “cleared”. He also expressed his dissatisfaction with Xi Jinping’s economic policies and so on.
Zhang Zhengping is the first co-pilot on the crashed plane. He is one of the few veteran pilots of China Eastern Airlines Yunnan Company, with a total flight experience of more than 30,000 hours. The captain, Yang Hongda, was hired as the captain of the B737 model in January 2018. The total flight time was only more than 6,000 hours, only one-fifth of Zhang Zhengping’s.
Many of the apprentices Zhang Zhengping has brought are now “big men” in the industry, but this pilot known as the “grandfather” is working as a co-pilot. Therefore, the rumors on the Internet do not seem to be groundless.
However, on April 11, the Civil Aviation Administration of China had denied that the accident was caused by the co-pilot deliberately crashing the plane, saying it was a rumor that “seriously misled the public’s perception”. China Eastern also emphasized that the three pilots are in “good health, complete flight experience and harmonious family circumstances.”
However, on April 6 before this, the Civil Aviation Administration of the Communist Party of China once held a video and telephone conference on civil aviation aviation safety, emphasizing the need to solve practical problems and protect employees’ physical and mental problems based on the difficulties, focuses and pain points in their work, study and life. Health, especially the ideological work of the pilot group. The context of the CCP is that the more it talks about strengthening something, there must be a problem in this area.
In addition, you can see that on April 17, before the preliminary report of the accident investigation was released, China Eastern resumed the flight of Boeing 737-800. This shows that China Eastern knows that there is no problem with the 737-800 aircraft itself, otherwise it will not resume flights quickly.
So, will the CCP release the final report next, and when will it be released?
According to the provisions of the international aviation treaty, China must submit a preliminary investigation report within 30 days to the International Civil Aviation Organization (International Civil Aviation Organization), the United States, where the Boeing aircraft is manufactured, and other relevant parties. The Civil Aviation Administration of China, on April 20, issued a fact sheet on the preliminary report of the investigation.
However, this “situation statement” does not explain any situation, because all the factors related to the accident are all right. There is no problem with the pilot’s qualifications, no problems were found before takeoff, no dangerous objects were loaded on the plane, no abnormality was found in various equipment involved in the flight, and there was no dangerous weather forecast. Before the plane crashed, there was no communication with the crew. abnormal.
ICAO also stipulates that states should preferably submit a public final report within 12 months of the crash, and if they cannot, should provide an annual update. So, when will the CCP provide the final report?
Reuters reported that Chinese officials had previously said the final report could take more than two years. On April 21, Li Yong, deputy director of the Aviation Safety Office of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, mentioned in an interview with Xinhua that aircraft accident investigation is a complex systematic project… and complex accident investigations will take longer. He also cited the Air France 447 crash in 2009, and it took more than three years for the final investigation report to be released, and the investigation into the Yichun air crash in China took nearly two years. In this way, it is difficult to say whether or when this report will be released.
Therefore, the current operations of the CCP have also led some analysts to believe that this is an “anti-Xi” operation carried out by the political opposition in China’s civil aviation field. why? Because China’s civil aviation field is actually a stronghold of the “Jiang faction”, and this time, the CCP cooperated very well in handing over the black box to the US for investigation. In the preliminary investigation, all non-human factors have been ruled out. It seems that we are waiting for the United States to discover this “man-made cause” and tell the truth through the mouth of the United States. Therefore, in the current fierce power struggle in the CCP, such speculation is not impossible.
I don’t know if you have noticed that there was another aviation accident recently. On May 12, a Tibet Airlines plane suddenly veered off the runway when it took off in Chongqing. The engine rubbed the ground and caught fire. Fortunately, the passengers and crew escaped in time. No one died, but the plane burned down.
As we all know, since the epidemic, especially China’s “clearing” policy, China’s aviation industry has been hit hard. According to data released by the Civil Aviation Administration of the Communist Party of China on May 18, last year, the loss of China’s aviation industry exceeded 84.2 billion yuan, which is still the data of the CCP. Some people in the industry mentioned that the epidemic has changed everything in the civil aviation industry, and the income of pilots has dropped by 10% to 40%. Last year, one of the three major airlines, only recovered several hundred million by selling pilots, which is to let pilots who have no jobs due to the epidemic Go out so-called flexible employment.
In this case, I believe that conflicts within various industries will also be stimulated. Otherwise, the CCP will not require “doing a good job in the ideological work of the pilot group”. In this case, safety has indeed become a big problem in China’s aviation industry.
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