China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 crashes with 132 people on board
A Boeing 737-800 belonging to China Eastern Airlines crashed in the mountains of southern China’s Guangxi region on Monday with 132 people on board, AP reports.
The last: “The wreckage of the plane was found at the scene, but so far none of the people on board the plane with whom contact was lost have been found,” said the television channel. public CCTV, by AP.
Details: China’s aviation administration said the 132 people on board included 123 passengers and nine crew members.
- The flight, MU5735, lost contact around 2:15 p.m. local time and was flying at about 30,000 feet before suddenly entering a deep dive, data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, per AP, showed.
- It was traveling from Kunming to Guangzhou and stopped transmitting data near Wuzhou City.
- The Civil Aviation Administration of China confirmed the presence of an emergency rescue team at the crash site, while the Guangxi Fire Department said firefighters were working to control a blaze of forest on the mountainside triggered by the accident.
The big picture: The plane involved in the crash was a 6-year-old Boeing 737-800, according to Reuters and FlightRadar24.
- “Our hearts go out to the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735. We are working with our airline customer and stand ready to support them,” Boeing said in a statementadding that he was ready to help the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s investigation into the accident.
What they say : Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered all rescue efforts for the crash, The New York Times reported.
- “To ensure the absolute safety of civil aviation operations,” Xi said.
For memory : The last major fatal air disaster in China was in 2010, when at least 42 people were killed after an airliner overran the runway at Yichun city airport.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story. Please check for updates.