The plane was flying from Kunming, the southwest city of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. It flew to Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong and bordering Hong Kong.

Beijing The crash of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 738-800 aircraft with 132 passengers aboard crashed into mountains in the southern part of China during the domestic flight of Monday. The media claimed that rescuers had not found any survivors.

The plane was flying from Kunming, the city in the southwestern region of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province. It flew to Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong.

There was no word immediately regarding the reason for the crash.

«Can confirm that the plane has been destroyed,» China Eastern Airlines stated in a statement that also announced the information on a hotline that relatives of passengers can use.

The media reported an official from the rescue team saying that the plane collapsed and ignited that, destroyed bamboo trees. The People’s Daily quoted a provincial firefighting official who said there was no evidence of life in the scattered debris.

The plane, which had nine crew members and 123 passengers aboard, lost contact with cities like Wuzhou, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), and the airline reported.

The plane left Kunming around 11:30 p.m. (0511 GMT), FlightRadar24 data showed, and was scheduled to arrive in Guangzhou around 3.05 p.m. (0705 GMT).

The aircraft was, which Flightradar24 claimed was six years old older, was cruising at an altitude of 29,100 feet as of 0620 GMT. Two minutes and fifteen seconds later, the information showed that it had sunk to 9,075 feet.

In the next 20 seconds, the last measured elevation was at 3,225 feet, which indicates a steep decline at 31,000 feet per hour, Flightradar24 said.

The online weather data indicated mostly cloudy conditions and excellent coverage in Wuzhou at the crash.

Presidency Xi Jinping called for investigators to pinpoint the cause of the crash as quickly as they can and assure «absolute» safety in the air, the state-run broadcaster CCTV announced.

Boeing Co.’s shares Boeing Co were down 6.4 percent at $180.44 in premarket trading. Boeing did not respond immediately to a request for comments.

After the crash reports surfaced, shares of China Eastern Airlines in Hong Kong ended the day down 6.5 percent, and its U.S.-listed shares fell 17 percent in trading before the market opened.


OAG, the aviation data provider OAG, announced in March that state-owned China Eastern Airlines was the sixth-largest airline in the world based on seats for scheduled flights and the largest in China.

Despite strict limits for international travel, China has enjoyed a large domestic aviation market in the coronavirus pandemic.

The safety track record of China’s airlines has been among the highest around the globe over the last decade.

«China East and China, in general, have had great aviation safety record in the past 10 years or at least,» said Shukor Yusof, the head of Malaysia-based aviation consulting firm Endau Analytics.

«The CAAC has very rigid safety rules and we’ll simply have to wait for more information to shed some light on the probable reason for the incident.»

The 737-800 model involved in the crash on Monday has a solid safety track record and is the predecessor of the 737 MAX model, which was stopped in China for over three years due to fatal crashes in the year 2018 Indonesia and 2019 in Ethiopia.

Investigators are looking for the plane’s two black boxes of the flight recorder and the cockpit voice recorder to provide more information about the crash.

Based on the Aviation Safety Network, China’s most fatal jet crash occurred in 2010. In 2010, 44 of the 96 passengers who were aboard died in the Embraer E-190 regional jet flown by Henan Airlines crashed on approach to Yichun airport at night with poor visibility.

In 1994 in 1994, the China Northwest Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 traveling across Xian to Guangzhou crashed and killed all 160 passengers on board and is ranked as China’s most deadly air-related disaster according to Aviation Safety Network.

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