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Boeing 737 with 132 people on board crashes in southern China

TASS has put together the main facts about the crash


Boeing 737 with 132 people on board crashes in southern China
China Eastern, Credit- John McArthur

A Boeing 737 passenger plane with 132 people on board crashed in a mountainous area in southern China.


The cause of the crash still remains unknown, while rescue workers are working at the site. A special commission has been formed to investigate the accident.


TASS has put together the main facts about the crash.



What happened

- A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane operated by China Eastern Airlines was headed from Kunming (in China’s southwestern Yunnan province) to Guangzhou (in the southern Guangdong province).


- According to the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the flight departed Kunming at 1:15 pm local time. The plane suddenly began to lose speed and altitude at about 2:20 pm and then vanished from radars.


- The flight crashed in a mountainous area in the Teng county of the Wuzhou district in the Guangxi Autonomous Region.


- The crash ignited a forest fire that was later extinguished.


- There were 132 people on board, including 123 passengers and nine crew members. There is no information about foreign nationals on board.


- The plane, less than seven years old, has been in operation since 2015.



Authorities’ response

- The first group of 117 rescue workers has already arrived at the crash site. Firefighters had to walk there because of the difficult terrain.


- Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the Emergencies Ministry "to activate the emergency response mechanism, launch a search and rescue operation and resolve the situation."


- According to a decision by China’s State Council, a special commission will investigate the accident. It has also been ordered to ensure civil aviation safety.


- China Eastern Airlines grounded several flights from Kunming following the crash.



Similar accidents

- The last major crash involving a Boeing 737-800 aircraft took place on February 5, 2020, when three people were killed and another 179 suffered injuries during the landing of a flight operated by Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines in Istanbul.


- The biggest Boeing accident of the past years occurred on January 8, 2020, when a Ukrainian flight was mistakenly downed by the Iranian military outside Tehran. The crash killed 176 people.


Source: TASS

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