Search continues for 132 people
Hours after a Chinese plane carrying 132 people crashed on Monday in a mountainous area in the southern province of Guangxi, there was no word on the number of dead or injured.
A Boeing 737-800, operated by China Eastern Airlines, has crashed, with 123 passengers and nine crew members on board, according to the China Civil Aviation Administration.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that the accident occurred near Wuzhou City, Teng County.
China Eastern Boeing 737-800 crashes with 132 people on board
It added that the plane was heading from Kunming in western Yunnan Province to the industrial center of Guangzhou along the east coast.
There was no immediate information on the number of dead and injured.
The Civil Aviation Authority said that the plane was carrying 123 passengers and nine crew, correcting previous reports of 133 people on board.
The plane was flying at 29,100 feet and began a steep descent after 2:20 p.m., recovering briefly and then resuming diving before losing contact. He fell over 25,000 feet in about two minutes.
The accident caused a large fire that was put out.
State media reported late Monday that rainfall forecasts and mountainous terrain at the crash site may complicate search efforts.
Only wreckage has been found, according to rescue workers who spoke to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for “all-out efforts” in rescue operations and investigation of any potential safety risks.
Satellite data from NASA showed a massive fire in the area where the plane went down at the time of the crash.
Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of China’s three largest airlines, operating dozens of domestic and international routes serving 248 destinations.
Usually when a crash occurs, the state in which the accident occurred leads the investigation, but it is also possible that Boeing as its manufacturer and regulator, the FAA, will be involved.