China’s Eastern Airlines that was carrying 133 people plummeted 30,000 ft to the ground and crashed in the South West region of China, Guangxi on Monday morning.
A rescue team was dispatched to the crash site however, the number of casualties is still unknown. The crash however caused a massive mountain fire as the plane burst into flames.
【Crash site】A Boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 133 people from China Eastern Airlines had an accident in Teng County, Guangxi and then triggered a mountain fire. At present, the rescue team has gathered, the casualties are still unknown. pic.twitter.com/udlT6qqKWZ— 豆腐Toufu.exe🀄️ (@y1499003) March 21, 2022
The cause of the crash is still unknown but China’s Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has revealed that they lost contact with the aircraft over the city of Wuzhou at around 6 AM and at an altitude of 3225 feet with a speed of 376 knots.
The plane which is a Boeing 737 departed from the southwestern city of Kunming at 1.11pm was set to land in Guangzhou, on the east coast, at 3.05pm.
“The CAAC has activated the emergency mechanism and sent a working group to the scene,” read a statement from the CAAC.
This is China’s first aircraft crash in years which has taken the world by surprise as China is said to have one of the best safety records in the world.
The last crash was in 2010 when 44 of 96 people on board were killed when an Embraer E-190 regional jet flown by Henan Airlines crashed due to low visibility.