China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210

China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210

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China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210

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China Eastern Airlines Flight 5210 (CES5210, MU5210) was a flight from Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport Shanghai, China. On November 21, 2004 it crashed into a park shortly after take off, killing all 53 passengers on board and two more people on the ground.

The aircraft took off at 08.20/8.20am local time (00.20/12.20am UTC/19.20/7.20pm ET). In less than a minute, it was out of control and crashed into a lake inside Nanhai Park, two kilometres from the airport. Eye witnesses reported seeing smoke near the plane shortly after take off, followed by shaking of the plane and then its eventual crash. The CVR recording contains the captain calling "What's wrong?" and passengers crying at the time of the crash.

The aircraft departed 15 minutes ahead of schedule.


Crew members

  • Flight Crew
    • Captain: Wang Pin (王品);
    • Vice Captain: Yang Guang (杨光);
    • First Officer: Yi Qinwei (易沁炜);
  • Flight Attendants: Huang Chongyan (黄崇燕), Shi Meimian (史美棉);
  • Security Police: Jiang Chaohong (姜朝宏).


52 of the total 53 passengers on board were Chinese citizens, and 1 was from Indonesia.


Weather at the time of crash was fine, although the temperature was below zero degrees Celsius. There was a rumor stating that the fuel was "frozen",...
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