Officials claimed a China Eastern Boeing 737-800 carrying 132 people crashed in the Southern region of Guangxi on Monday.
In a statement, China’s Civil Aviation Administration reported that the disaster happened near Wuzhou in Teng County. According to the report, the airplane was flying from Kunming in Yunnan’s western region to Guangzhou, China’s industrial capital on the east coast.
There was no immediate information on how many people were killed or injured. According to the CAAC, the plane was carrying123 passengers and 9 staff members, revising earlier claims that there were 133 people on board.
President Xi Jinping of China has called for an “all-out effort” in the rescue operation, as well as proper handling of post-crash procedures and the investigation of any safety threats to ensure comprehensive civil aviation flight safety.
117 rescuers have already arrived at the disaster site, according to People’s Daily. The Guangxi Fire Department has dispatched 650 rescuers from three directions to the scene.
The CAAC said it had dispatched a team of officials, and the Guangxi fire department said it was working to put out a mountainside fire sparked by the collision.
NASA satellite data revealed a large fire just where the plane fell down at the moment of the disaster.
Calls to China Eastern’s offices were not answered promptly. Local police first received calls from residents alerting them about the incident at around 2:30 pm (0630 GMT). Contact with the jet was lost at 2:15 pm (0615 GMT), according to the Guangxi province emergency management department.
The Boeing Company, located in Chicago, said it was aware of the initial reports of the disaster and was “Working to gather more information”.
The 737-800 was first delivered to customers in 1997, and the last of the series was delivered to China Eastern in 2020. It produced approximately 5,200 narrow-body planes, which are popular single-aisle commuter planes.
According to data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.com, China Eastern aircraft No. 5375 was flying at roughly 30,000 feet when it suddenly commenced a deep dive at its cruising altitude speed of 455 knots (523 mph, 842 kph). According to the data, whatever went wrong with the plane caused it to crash within a minute and a half.
Just southwest of Wuzhou, China, the plane ceased transmitting data.
The plane had been flying for more than six years when it was delivered to China Eastern from Boeing in June 2015.
The 737-800 and the 737 Max are two versions of the common aircraft operated by China Eastern.
The deadliest Boeing 737-800 crash occurred in January 2020, when Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard inadvertently shot down a Ukraine International Airlines Flight, killing at least 176 passengers and crew members on board.
After two tragic crashes, the 737 Max was grounded all over the world. Late last year, China’s aviation regulator approved the plane’s return to service, making it the last major market to do so.
The last fatal crash of a civilian aircraft in China occurred in 2010.