Chinese experts sent to investigate MA60 airplane crash

11:05, May 10, 2011      

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A Chinese-made Modern Ark 60 plane (MA60) plunged into the ocean on May 7 local time, CCTV reported. After the accident, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. Beijing time, AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company, Ltd. assigned a series of arrangements to deal with the crash and sent eight experts to Indonesia to assist in investigating the accident.

A "black box" recorder from the MA60 was retrieved and is on the way to Djakarta.

It is reported that this flight connected at Yanliang Airport in Xi'an to Kunming on December 1 and headed abroad from Kunming on December 2. Before the crash, the plane had operated for 620 hours and launched 770 times in total.

Indonesia, famous for being made up of thousands of islands, is a big market for plane sales. Airlines among Indonesian islands are well suited for MA60 operations. In May 2006, Indonesia granted the MA60 a flight certificate, paving the path for China to export the MA60 to the southeast.

In July 2006, West Flight Corporation and Indonesia's Merpati Nusantara Airlines signed a contract for 15 MA60 planes, creating a new record for the sale of Chinese-made planes. In August 2007, two MA60 planes were handed over to Merpati Nusantara Airlines and then started to operate in Indonesia.

By People's Daily Online
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