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Chinese plane crashes with 132 on board

Chinese plane crashes with 132 on board

Officials said 132 people were on board China’s Eastern Boeing 737-800 that crashed on Monday in the southern province of Guangxi.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that the accident occurred near the city of Wuzhou in Teng County. The plane was en route from Kunming, the western province of Yunnan, to the industrial center of Guangzhou along the east coast.

There was no immediate word on the number of dead and injured. The plane was carrying 123 passengers and nine crew members, with the CAAC correcting earlier reports that 133 people were on board.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “extreme effort” in the rescue operation, proper handling of post-crash arrangements and investigation of potential safety hazards to ensure complete civil aviation flight safety.

The People’s Daily reports that 117 rescue teams have reached the crash site. The Guangxi Fire Department is organizing 650 rescue workers who are heading to the scene from three directions.

The CAAC said it had dispatched a team of officers, and the Guangxi Fire Service said work was underway to control the mountain fire ignited by the accident.

NASA satellite data showed a massive fire in the area where the plane was downed at the time of the crash.

Calls to the China Eastern offices were not immediately answered. State media said local police first received information about the accident at 2:30 pm (0630 GMT) from villagers. The Guangxi Provincial Emergency Management Department said the plane lost contact at 2:15 pm (0615 GMT).

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

Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of the top three airlines in China, operating domestic and international routes serving 248 destinations.

The Chinese plane crashed in the south of the country with 132 aboard. #China

According to flight-tracking data, China Eastern flight number 5735 was traveling at approximately 30,000 ft when suddenly, just after 0620 GMT, the aircraft made its cruising speed of 455 knots (523 mph; 842 kph). Entered a deep dive at a height. Website FlightRadar24.com. Data shows the plane crashed within a minute and a half of whatever went wrong.

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

The plane was delivered from Boeing to China Eastern in June 2015 and had been flying for more than six years.

Boeing began deliveries of the 737-800 to customers in 1997, and the last of the series delivered to China Eastern in 2020. It produced more than 5,200 narrow-body aircraft, a popular, single-aisle commuter plane.

The twin-engine, single-aisle Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular aircraft for short and medium-haul flights. China Eastern operates several versions of the normal aircraft, including the 737-800 and 737 MAX.

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

The 737 MAX version was grounded after two fatal accidents around the world. China’s aviation regulator approved that 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 jetliner in China was in 2010.

Associated Press researcher Yu Bing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, news assistant Carolyn Chen and writer John Gambrel contributed.

The Associated Press

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