Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 133 people crashes into mountains in rural China: Plume of smoke is seen billowing from the wreckage
- China Eastern plane smashed into countryside near Wuzhou city, Guangxi region, and ’caused a mountain fire’
- It said rescuers had been dispatched and there was no immediate confirmation of numbers dead and injured
- The plane, flight number MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou, is believed to be a Boeing 737-89P, not a MAX
A Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 133 people has crashed in rural China – causing an unknown number of casualties.
The China Eastern plane smashed into countryside near Wuzhou city, Guangxi region, and ’caused a mountain fire’, state broadcaster CCTV said.
It said rescuers had been rapidly dispatched but there was no immediate confirmation of numbers of dead and injured.
The plane, flight number MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou, is believed to be a Boeing 737-89P, rather than the MAX series that have caused the firm problems in recent years.
A Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 133 people has crashed in rural China – causing an unknown number of casualties. Pictured: Social media footage reportedly of the horror crash
The China Eastern plane smashed into countryside near Wuzhou city, Guangxi region and ’caused a mountain fire’, state broadcaster CCTV said
Flight Radar shows the plane taking off but not reaching its destination in the early hours
A graphic by the aviation monitoring website shows the plane plummet part-way through its journey
CCTV said a ‘China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 plane carrying 133 people has crashed in Teng county, Wuzhou, Guangxi, and caused a mountain fire.’
Local media reported China Eastern flight MU5735 had not arrived at its scheduled destination in Guangzhou after it took off from the city of Kunming shortly after 1pm (5am GMT) Monday.
The twin-engine, single aisle Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular planes for short and medium-haul flights.
CCTV said a ‘China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 plane carrying 133 people has crashed in Teng county, Wuzhou, Guangxi, and caused a mountain fire. Pictured: File photo of the area
It was not immediately clear which variant of 737 was involved in the crash but it is believed to be six years old. China Eastern operates multiple versions of the common aircraft, including the 737-800 and the 737 Max.
The 737 Max version was grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes. China’s aviation regulator cleared the plane to return to service late last year.
China Eastern is one of China’s three major air carriers and is yet to comment on the crash.
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