A passenger plane with 132 people on board has crashed in a mountainous region in southern China.
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 was reportedly flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed in hills in Guangxi province and caught fire.
China’s Civil Aviation Administration said the plane lost control of the city of Wuzhou, it reported Sky news. Tracking for flight MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou ended with the aircraft at an altitude of 3,225 feet at a speed of 376 knots (432 miles per hour), according to FlightRadar24 data.
the BBC said it is feared there are no survivors, but the death toll – and the reason for the crash – is not yet known. Photos and videos on social media show aircraft debris strewn across the hills and smoke billowing from the crash site.
Emergency medical services and rescue workers were dispatched to the crash site. A forest fire that started when the plane crashed was extinguished.
According to flight data trackers, the jet was a six-year-old Boeing 737-89P. The guard said Boeing 737-800s are among the most used passenger jets in the world, different from the 737 Max, which was grounded around the world after fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.
China Eastern Airlines’ website has been changed to black and white, a move airlines often take in response to a crash as a show of respect for the victims.
However, the death toll from aircraft accidents in 2021 has more than halved from the previous year, it noted flight globalComparisons to pre-pandemic figures are of limited value due to the significant drop in commercial airline activity due to Covid.
The only fatal accident involving a large passenger aircraft occurred in January when Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, a Boeing 737-500 passenger plane from Jakarta to Pontianak, Indonesia, crashed into the Java Sea off the Thousand Islands, killing all 62 people on board.
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