Chinese officials held a memorial ceremony at the scene for the 132 unfortunate victims of flight MU5735 that crashed in the mountainous area of Guangxi.
On the afternoon of March 27, a memorial service was held for the victims in the mountainous area of Teng County in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. ChinaChina Eastern Airlines MU5735 crashed on March 21.
At the beginning of the ceremony at 14:00, all the staff of the emergency rescue force went to the crash site of MU5735 at the same time, took off their hats, and observed a 3-minute silence for the victims. The memorial service was held after Chinese authorities confirmed that all 132 people on board were killed.
The Chinese also expressed their condolences for the victims on social media. The memorial post on Weibo, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, has received more than 466,000 comments.
One social media user commented: “Despite knowing the results in advance, the final confirmation of the number of victims still breaks my heart.”
“The whole country is waiting for a miracle. May everyone on the plane be saved. Rest in peace,” shared another Weibo user. “Cloud will bring them home!”
Chinese officials also said on March 27 that the families of 632 victims had been brought to the scene of the accident. A team of 70 psychiatrists have been deployed and have consulted more than 1,200 times for the families of passengers.
“What they need is understanding and companionship. They need to vent their emotions naturally,” said Doan Binh, team leader of the field psychologist.
On March 21, the plane MU5735 crashed in the mountains of the local area. FlightRadar24 data showed that the plane fell almost vertically while flying at an altitude of nearly 9,000 meters. The pilot appeared to be trying to save the plane and regain altitude in the final seconds, but the plane still crashed to the ground at nearly 600 km/h.
Hu Zhejiang, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, said on March 26 that the identities of 114/123 passengers and 6/9 crew members had been determined through DNA testing.
Chinese authorities have located two of the plane’s black boxes and are in the process of decoding them, which could take weeks to months to analyze. Data from the two black boxes may provide additional clues to help investigators determine the cause of the crash.
German and Chinese (according to Global Times/CGTN)