A woman that was due to be a passenger on a doomed China Eastern Airlines flight that crashed killing 133 crew and passengers has revealed that COVID restrictions prevented her from boarding the stricken plane.
The Boeing 737-800 flight from Kunming to Guangzhou in China plummeted from the sky on 21st March. Rescuers are yet to find any survivors at the crash site in Guangxi.
Two citizens, a man and a woman, revealed different reasons for why they were forced to miss the flight and avoid certain death.
The female passenger, surnamed Xin, said she was supposed to board the flight, but as she lived in a high-risk COVID-19 area, she had a star on her itinerary record and her boyfriend suggested that she take a swab test.
She therefore ended up changing her flight to the following day.
She said on social media: “I’m in a complicated mood right now.
“My hands are shaking and I can’t type. Thank you for your concern. I’m still in Yunnan, but I can’t (fly) yet because I have a star (high-risk COVID-19 area) on my itinerary record.”
A 24-year-old man surnamed Huang said he changed his mind about boarding the plane at the last minute after his scheduled connecting flight was cancelled and changed to the doomed flight that would have killed him. Instead of taking it, he decided to ask for a refund.
He said: “I didn’t board the plane, the first flight was cancelled so I requested a refund.”
The Chinese authorities have now found the plane’s black box as the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.