China Eastern plane MU5735 carrying 132 people crashes in Guangxi mountains

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Officials in China say that a China Eastern Airlines plane MU5735 carrying 132 people has crashed in Guangxi province.

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According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, those on board the ill-fated place included 123 passengers and nine crew members.

There are no reports on the number of casualties or the reason for the crash.

“We sent 25 fire engines and 117 firefighters to the scene, but as the accident site is too remote and in the mountains, fire engines could not reach the wreckage, firefighters entered on foot,” said an official from the Chinese Fire Brigade was quoted as saying.

Data from flight trackers show that the China Eastern Airlines plane descended at over -30,000 feet per minute before crashing in mountainous terrain.

Quoting the Chinese state media, the BBC reported that Boeing 737-800 jet crashed in a mountainous region in Wuzhou, with the explosion setting off a fire in the woods.

This is the first air crash in China since a fatal incident in Yichun, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province back in 2010, reported China’s Global Times website.

Flight MU 5735 had taken off from Kunming Changshui airport in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province at 13:15, and was scheduled to arrive at Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province at 15:07.

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