China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 plane with 132 on board crashes in Guangxi province, officials say

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Boeing 737-800 in eastern China with 132 people on board crashed in southern Guangxi province on Monday, officials said.

China Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement that the crash occurred near the city of Wuzhou in Teng County. The flight was traveling from Kunming in the western province of Yunnan to the industrial center of Guangzhou along the east coast, he added.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. The plane was carrying 123 passengers and nine crew members, the CAAC said, correcting previous reports of 133 people on board.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a “full effort” to be made to the rescue operation, the proper handling of the post-crash arrangements and the investigation of possible safety hazards to ensure the full safety of civil aviation flights.

The People’s Daily reports that 117 rescuers have already reached the crash site. The Guangxi Fire Department is organizing 650 rescuers to the scene from three directions.

The CAAC said it had sent a team of officials and the Guangxi Fire Department said work was under way to control a fire on the mountain slope that erupted from the crash.

NASA satellite data showed a huge fire right in the area where the plane crashed at the time of the crash.

Calls to East China offices were not answered immediately. State media reported that local police first received calls from villagers notifying them of the crash around 2:30 p.m. (6:30 GMT). Guangxi Province Emergency Management Department said contact with the plane was lost at 2:15 p.m. (0615 GMT).

Boeing Co. The Chicago-based company said it was aware of initial reports of the crash and was “working to gather more information”. Boeing shares fell more than 8% in pre-market trading early Monday.

Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of China’s top three airlines, operating a variety of domestic and international routes serving 248 destinations.

China Eastern Flight No. 5735 was traveling at about 30,000 feet when suddenly, shortly after 0620 GMT, the plane made a deep dive at a cruising speed of 455 knots (523 mph, 842 km / h), according to data from the flight monitoring website FlightRadar24.com. The data suggest that the plane crashed within a minute and a half of anything that went wrong.

The plane stopped transmitting data just southwest of the Chinese city of Wuzhou.

The aircraft was delivered to China Eastern by Boeing in June 2015 and has been flying for more than six years.

Boeing began delivering the 737-800 to customers in 1997 and delivered the last of its series to China Eastern in 2020. It built more than 5,200 of its narrow-body aircraft, a popular single-air suburban aircraft.

The twin-engine twin-engine Boeing 737 is one of the most popular short- and medium-haul aircraft in the world. China Eastern has multiple versions of the common aircraft, including the 737-800 and 737 Max.

The deadliest crash of a Boeing 737-800 occurred in January 2020, when Iran’s Revolutionary Guards paramilitary shot down a Ukraine International Airlines flight, killing all 176 people on board.

The 737 Max version landed worldwide after two fatal accidents. China’s aviation regulator approved the plane to return to service late last year, making the country the last major market to do so.

The last fatal crash of a civilian aircraft in China was in 2010.

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