Data recovered from the black box of the China Eastern plane which crashed on 21 March suggests the act was intentional, a preliminary assessment has revealed.
The flight data suggests that controls in the cockpit pushed the plane into a “near-vertical” dive, sources told the Wall Street Journal.
“The plane did what it was told to do by someone in the cockpit,” the source said.
US officials involved in the investigation have thus shifted their focus to the pilot but have not ruled out the possibility that someone else entered the cockpit.
However, a source said the US officials were not privy to all the information available to their Chinese counterparts.
According to China Eastern officials, the health and financial status of the pilots were in good shape, and no evidence has been found to suggest there were prior problems with the aircraft. It also insisted that it is unlikely someone broke into the cockpit as no emergency alert had been sent.
“Any unofficial speculation may interfere with the accident investigation and affect the real progress of the global air transport industry,” China Eastern said in a statement.
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