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Allied Pilots Association Mourns Those Lost on China Eastern Flight

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 21, 2022) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, mourns the dozens of people who perished aboard a China Eastern Airlines plane today.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was on that flight, as well as their loved ones,” said APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson.

China Eastern Airlines Flight 5735 was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed into a mountain in the province of Guangxi. The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the flight carried 123 passengers and nine crew members.

China’s aviation safety record is among the world’s best. It has been 12 years since the nation’s last major crash.

“Two of APA’s core objectives are to safeguard – with ceaseless vigilance – the safety of scheduled air transportation and to further scheduling with safety in any practical manner,” Capt. Ferguson said. “We are hopeful that the investigation of this accident will reveal information that can help prevent similar incidents.”

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

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