However, with the mainland ATC, I am not so sure. As Mainland ATC is controlled by the PLA, they place priority on who can the use the airspace for the military. It is possible that the Chinese Eastern pilot's request for detour around the storm was rejected because there was military exercise.
Now I find it hard to imagine that the mainland ATC would be oblivious to the storm and the danger it may pose to the plane. I mean, the pilot, if he is refused a detour by the ATC, he can fly back to Kunming if he sees not other path around the storm, that is what a professional pilot would do. If he doesn't have the fuel to fly back to Kunming, he can land in alternative airports around Guangxi. Unless the airline or someone else in authority is placing undue pressure on the pilots to complete the flight no matter what. Again, I find that hard to believe for mainland air safety to be sacrificed on the whims of some superior. CAAC didn't work so hard to improve their air safety record only for some moron to ruin it over some some personal power issues. Then again, PLA ATC may operate to a....different logic on who gets priority over the airspace, who knows.
Last edited by Coolboy; 21-03-2022 at 06:40 PM.
I suspect it could be related to this. There seems to be a design flaw with the NG which causes the pickle fork (the bit that attaches the wing to the fuselage) to prematurely suffer from fatigue cracks.
It can be deliberate but pilot error (which was the conclusion in the Russian crash). Not saying it's suicide or terror or whatever, just that someone caused the plane to do that (and maybe not realizing this would be the unfortunate result).We are not pilots or crash investigators here, a little premature to rule out a whole list of potential causes to the accident.