A China Eastern Boeing plane crashes carrying 132 people crashed in Guangxi, plunged into a mountain and burst into flames this afternoon, but casualties are unknown.
The Boeing 737 crashed into the mountains in Teng County, Wuzhou City, Zhuang Autonomous Region in Guangxi Province, southern China, and caught fire. Video shared on social media, believed to be the scene of the accident, shows the mountain area where the plane crashed, burning fiercely, with continuous explosions.
A video shared on social media shows the plane carrying 123 passengers and nine crew members plummeting down a mountainside. The casualties are unknown.
Flight MU5735 departed from Changshui Kunming International Airport, Kunming City, Yunnan Province at 13:15 (12:15 Hanoi time) and was on its way to Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province, expected to land wing at 15:07.
FlightRadar24 data shows that at about 2:20 p.m., more than an hour after takeoff, the plane suddenly plunged at an altitude of nearly 9,000 meters. Just two minutes and 15 seconds later, the data showed it had dropped to more than 2,700 meters. Over the next 20 seconds, the final altitude recorded was nearly 1,000 meters.
At 2:21 p.m., the plane lost contact with the surveillance system located southwest of Wuzhou city.
The weather in the area where the plane crashed was cloudy, with heavy rain expected.
At 3 p.m., the Wuzhou City Fire Department deployed a rescue team to the scene of the accident. “We sent 25 fire engines and 117 firefighters to the scene, but the place of the accident was too far away, and it was in the mountains, so the fire truck couldn’t reach it and rescuers had to walk in.” an official said.
Central broadcaster CCTV reported that an additional 588 firefighters had been dispatched to assist the local rescue force. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) also sent a working group to the scene.
One local resident said the plane was “totally broken up” and nearby woods were burned by flames that broke out after the plane plunged into a mountainside.
China Eastern Airlines has not yet responded to a request for comment on the accident. The company has changed the official website to white and black.
The plane in question belongs to China Eastern’s Yunnan subsidiary and has been in service for more than six and a half years. The aircraft was handed over in June 2015, with a total of 162 seats, including 12 business class seats and 150 economy class seats.
The last air accident in China occurred in 2010, when a plane crashed in Yichun city, Heilongjiang province, killing 42 people.