On Monday, April 11, Chinese authorities denied the rumors that the China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 co-pilot was responsible for the tragic crash.

At a press conference, Wu Shijie, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)’s safety office, said that several rumors recently appeared on domestic and overseas sites. These rumors claim that the co-pilot was the key reason for the crash, data of the black box recorders have been downloaded, and the CAAC has ordered to monitor the mental health of crew members.

Wu said, “The false information, which was issued in the name of government institutions, has seriously misled the public and interfered with the investigation, and has been suspected of breaking the laws,” adding that those who spread rumors would be held legally responsible.

Wu also said that the China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 crash investigation is underway, and relevant information will be disclosed in due course.

On March 21, China Eastern flight MU5735 was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed into a hillside close to Wuzhou City in Guangxi Province, killing all 132 people on board.

According to the international convention and China’s civil aviation law, a preliminary investigation report on the China Eastern Airlines plane crash is expected to be completed within 30 days of the incident.

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