A Boeing 737-800 belonging to China Eastern Airlines was destroyed in the mountains of the southern part of China’s Guangxi region on Monday, with the number of passengers on board at 132, AP reports.
The latest version: “Wreckage from the aircraft was discovered at the scene, however, to date there has been no sign of anyone aboard the plane which lost contact have been identified,” said state broadcaster CCTV according to AP.
Information: China’s aviation administration said the 132 passengers on board comprised 123 passengers and nine crew members.
- The flight MU5735 lost contact at around 2:15 pm local time. According to AP, the plane was at about 30,000 feet before suddenly diving into a deep dive, according to information from the flight-tracking site FlightRadar24.
- It was on its way through Kunming towards Guangzhou and then stopped transmitting data close to the city of Wuzhou.
- The Civil Aviation Administration of China confirmed that an emergency rescue group was at the crash site. Fire authorities in Guangxi reported that firefighters were working to contain the wildfire on the mountainside that was ignited caused by an accident.
- “Our thoughts are with the crew and passengers from China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 535. We are working closely with our airline customers and will be there to help the victims,” Boeing said in an announcement and added that it was prepared to aid in the investigation of the China Civil Aviation Authority into the accident.
The message they’re putting out is: Chinese Presidency Xi Jinping ordered all-out rescue efforts after the crash, as the New York Times said.
- “Ensure the security of civil aviation operations,” Xi said.
For the factual record: China’s last major fatal aviation accident occurred in 2010, in which 42 people died when a plane carrying passengers struck the runway of the airport in Yichun City.