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Puzzling as plane wreckage found six miles from doomed China plane crash site – World News

A piece of metal found six miles from the site of a China Eastern Airlines plane crash by an elderly farmer could provide a clue as to what happened to the crashed Boeing 737

Rescuers search at the plane crash site
Rescuers search at the plane crash site

A farmer has found a piece of metal suspected to belong to the doomed China Eastern Airlines plane that may shed light on why it crashed.

It remains a mystery what caused the Boeing 737 plane to suddenly nose dive while flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, killing 123 passengers and nine crew members.

It appears to have crashed into a remote hilltop at about 350 mph, and while investigators have found a black box, it’s uncertain whether data can be retrieved from it given its damaged condition.

Search teams have been scouring the debris at the crash site for clues as to what happened, but now it appears they will have to expand the area.

Investigations were complicated by hilly and forested terrain in the Guangxi region, while there was also heavy rain that left the country muddy and prone to landslides.







The terrain made it very difficult for the rescue workers
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About 10 kilometers from the crash site, 80-year-old farmer Huang Jianyi said he found a piece of metal while working in a rice field in Siwang village.

“I saw a piece of metal. It was white,” said Huang, the reported South China tomorrow postspread his arms wide to indicate his large size.

It was later found and now raises questions about whether the plane broke up in the sky.

Zheng Xi, head of the Guangxi Regional Fire and Rescue Bureau, reportedly said the suspected wreckage was about 1.3 meters long and 10 cm wide.

Huang’s son Chen Zhuchang, 40, reported the sighting of the metal strip to the police.

“It was a long white stripe that bends when picked up, had a slight curvature and wasn’t heavy,” he told the SCMP.







Possible debris from the plane has now been found six miles from the crash site
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“There was a small area of ​​blue paint in the middle of the stripe. When I saw that, my first thought was that it could be aircraft debris.”

While salvage crews searched the debris, dozens of relatives of those on board Flight MU5735 stayed nearby, anxiously awaiting more news.

One was Qin Haitao, who hails from neighboring Hunan province, and his daughter Shujun was a passenger on Monday’s flight.

Guangzhou-based migrant worker Shujun, 40, had traveled to Kunming to accompany her mother to see a specialist who she had heard was very good.

“We couldn’t believe it and dared not say anything for fear that my wife might not be able to take it,” Qin said, describing the moment he heard the news of the crash.

“Our eyes were full of tears, but we didn’t dare cry. In fact, we knew the truth, but we kept it from her for a night, half a day plus a night.”







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Qin said he did not initially receive any official confirmation of his daughter’s situation, but on Monday evening his brother-in-law went to Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport, where the flight was scheduled to arrive.

There he was shown a list of the passengers’ names, including Shujuns.

On Tuesday, Qin, his son and two other people drove to Wuzhou and the next day visited the crash site, accompanied by China Eastern staff and volunteers.

“It’s so painful,” he said through a broken voice, fighting back tears. “We have nothing but grief now. We live in sorrow every day.”

Rescue workers have reported finding human remains, passengers’ personal belongings and debris from the plane.
“Many family members burned incense sticks,” Qin said of the crash site visit.

“I prayed and wrote my daughter’s name there. It happened to be her birthday on the same day… so I said, ‘Dad came to see you, kid. Happy Birthday’.”

After this site visit, Qin mostly stayed at his hotel with his son, Shujun’s older brother and only sibling. Shujun himself leaves behind a teenage daughter.

“We have no inquiries now,” Qin said. “Our only request is to find my daughter’s body as soon as possible and bring her home.”

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