Plane Carrying 132 Crashes In China, Causes Mountain Fire

Written by on March 21, 2022

A China Eastern Airlines jetliner carrying 132 people crashed in the mountains in southern China’s Guangxi region on Monday afternoon, according to China’sCivil Aviation Administration.

The Boeing-737 was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming to Guangzhou when it lost contact with the city of Wuzhou and crashed which led to a fire on a mountain and the number of casualties unknown. Onboard were 123 passengers and nine crewmembers, CAAC said in a statement posted online.

Rescue teams are en route to the accident scene, where there is fire visible on-site, but the casualties are unknown, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported. Initial state media reports had indicated there were 133 people on board. Footage posted online and shared by state media People’s Daily show plumes of smoke billowing from a mountainous, forested area. Another clip shows what appears to be wreckage from the plane on a muddy, mountain path.

The CAAC said in a statement that a rescue team has been dispatched to the crash site.” The Civil Aviation Administration of China Eastern Airlines has activated the emergency response mechanism after a Boeing 737 crashed,” the CAAC said in its statement. This is a developing story. More to come.

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