Lin Biao's plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on September 13, 1971. Photo: SCMP Pictures Lin Biao's plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on September 13, 1971. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Lin Biao's plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on September 13, 1971. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Shock waves from Lin Biao plane crash still echo in lead-up to Chinese Communist Party leadership reshuffle

Death of Mao Zedong’s handpicked successor in Mongolia during defection attempt led to Deng Xiaoping’s introduction of a more consultative system

Topic |   Cultural Revolution
Lin Biao's plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on September 13, 1971. Photo: SCMP Pictures Lin Biao's plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on September 13, 1971. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Lin Biao's plane crashed in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia on September 13, 1971. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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