China Eastern plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur. The airline began service in 1988.

    15 August 1989; China Eastern Airlines Antonov 24RV; Shanghai, China: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Shanghai to Nanchang, China. The right engine lost power shortly after takeoff, and the aircraft crashed into a lake. All six crew members and 28 of the 34 passengers were killed. Because this event involves a turboprop aircraft designed in the former Soviet Union, this does not constitute a numbered event as defined by, even though it involves passenger fatalities.

  1. 6 April 1993; China Eastern Airlines MD-11; B2171; flight 583; near Aleutian Islands, USA: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles, CA. The crew accidentally deployed the leading edge slats in cruise. While trying to correct the initial pitching of the aircraft, the crew put the aircraft through several more oscillations. The crew regained control of the aircraft and diverted to a US Air Force base in Shemya, Alaska. All 20 crew members survived, but two of the 235 passengers were killed during these maneuvers.
    NTSB Accident Report
    MD11 plane crashes

  2. 26 October 1993; China Eastern MD82; B2103; flight 5398; Fuzhou, China: The aircraft touched down long during a rain storm and went off the end of the runway. Two of the 71 passengers were killed.
    MD80 plane crashes

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China Eastern plane crashes -- Revised: 16 July 2015