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AvTalk Episode 156: China Eastern Airlines flight 5735

On this episode of AvTalk we discuss what we know so far about the crash of China Eastern Airlines flight 5735. We also talk about the status of foreign-owned aircraft operated by Russian airlines and why lessors probably aren’t getting most of those aircraft back anytime soon.

China Eastern Airlines 5735

The 737-800 was en route from Kunming to Guangzhou at 29,100 feet when it descended precipitously, managed a slight recovery and climb before again falling toward the ground. We discuss what we know so far about the crash and the status of the investigation.

See Flightradar24 data regarding MU5735


How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting civil aviation, cont’d

The number of aircraft re-registered by Russian airlines has reached nearly 800. Meanwhile, EASA is warning of interruptions to satellite-based position information for aircraft near Russia. And Russia is considering increasing production of the Tu-214 in the face of sanctions.

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