A China Eastern Airlines passenger plane 600115.SS with 132 people on board crashed Monday on a flight from the city of Kunming to Guangzhou in the mountains of southern China.
The jet involved in the accident was a Boeing 737 and the number of casualties was not immediately known, state broadcaster CCTV said. Rescue workers are on the way to the scene of the crime, it said. Nothing was said about the cause of the crash.
According to Flightradar24, the aircraft was a 6-year-old 737-800 aircraft.
“Can confirm plane crashed,” China Eastern Airlines said in a statement, which also gave details of a hotline for relatives of those on board.
The plane, with 123 passengers and nine crew members on board, lost contact over the city of Wuzhou, the China Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) and the airline said.
CAAC said an emergency response team was dispatched to the crash site. Media quoted a rescue official as saying the plane had completely disintegrated. A fire sparked by the crash destroyed bamboo and trees before it was extinguished, media reported.
The flight departed the southwestern city of Kunming at 1:11 p.m. (0511 GMT), FlightRadar24 data showed, and was scheduled to land in Guangzhou on the south coast at 3:05 p.m. (0705 GMT).
The aircraft had flown at 0620 GMT at an altitude of 29,100 feet, according to FlightRadar24 data. A little over two minutes and 15 seconds later, the closest data available showed it had descended to 9,075 feet. In another 20 seconds, his last tracked altitude was 3,225 feet.
China Eastern Airlines’ website was later presented in black and white, which is what airlines do in response to a crash as a show of respect for the alleged victims. Boeing China’s website also switched to black and white.
Boeing Co BA.N shares fell 6.4 percent to $180.44 in premarket trading. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Shares in Hong Kong’s China Eastern Airlines 0670.HK closed down 6.5 percent after news of the crash broke, while land-listed shares 600115.SS closed down 2.2 percent.
Aeronautical data provider OAG said this month that state-owned China Eastern Airlines is the sixth largest in the world by planned weekly seat capacity and the largest in China.
China has had a relatively strong domestic aviation market during the coronavirus pandemic, despite strict restrictions on international flights.
China’s aviation industry’s safety record has been among the best in the world over the past decade.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, China’s last fatal jet accident occurred in 2010, when 44 of 96 people on board died when an Embraer E-190 regional jet flown by Henan Airlines crashed on approach to Yichun Airport in poor visibility.
The 737-800 that crashed Monday has a good safety record and is the predecessor of the 737 MAX, which has been grounded in China for more than three years after fatal crashes in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019.
In 1994, a China Northwest Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 flying from Xian to Guangzhou was destroyed in a post-takeoff accident, killing all 160 people on board and ranking as China’s worst aircraft disaster, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
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