Plane carrying 132 people crashes in south China’s Guangxi

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This is a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-243.| Photo: EFE/EPA/MAURITZ ANTIN

A China Eastern Airlines plane crashed into mountains in southern China’s Guangxi region on Monday, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. On board the plane were 132 people, 123 passengers and nine crew members. At this time, there are no details on the possible cause of the accident.

According to CNN, the Boeing 737 was en route from the southwest city of Kunming to Guangzhou when it lost contact over the city of Wuzhou. The plane reportedly suffered a 7,878 meter drop in 156 seconds, according to data from flightradar24.

“China Eastern Airlines has activated the emergency mechanism, dispatched a task force to the scene and opened a special line for emergency assistance to family members,” the airline said in a statement on its account. Weibo.

The plane that crashed had nearly seven years of operation. Boeing said in a statement that it was “working to gather more information.”

In recent years, Boeing has gone through a major crisis due to the pandemic and the accidents of two 737-MAX planes – a different model from the one that crashed today in China – in Ethiopia and Indonesia, which caused the death of nearly 350 people. .

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