A Boeing 737 passenger plane with 133 persons have crashed in rural China, as reported by DailyMail. ayokinews.com reports
The China Eastern passenger plane crashed with 133 persons onboard in southwest China, killing an unknown number of passengers.
According to CCTV, the Boeing 737 airliner crashed in the remote countryside near Wuzhou city in the Guangxi province, causing a “mountain fire.” Rescue personnel were deployed to the location.
“China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 plane carrying 133 people has crashed in Teng county, Wuzhou, Guangxi, and caused a mountain fire,” CCTV reported.
China Eastern flight MU5735, which took off from Kunming soon after 1 p.m. (5 a.m. GMT) Monday, did not arrive at its intended destination in Guangzhou, Local media reported, citing an airport staff.
When contacted by Agence France-Presse (AFP), China Eastern did not respond.
The Boeing 737, with its two engines and single aisle, is one of the world’s most popular planes for short and medium-haul trips. It was unclear which 737 model was involved in the crash. China Eastern operates a variety of 737-800 and 737 Max aircraft.
Following two major tragic crashes, the 737 Max was grounded all over the world. Late this year, China’s aviation authority approved the plane’s return to operation, making it the final major market to do so.
China Eastern is one of the country’s three main operating airlines.
Over the last decade, China’s aviation sector has had one of the best safety records in the world.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, China’s last tragic aircraft accident occurred in 2010, when a Henan Airlines Embraer E-190 regional aircraft crashed on approach to Yichun airport in bad visibility, killing 44 of the 96 passengers on board.