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China Eastern Airlines Crash Update: 132 people are thought to have died when the plane crashed into a mountain.
- On Monday, a Boeing 737 crashed in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi, killing everyone on board.
- A report from the Civil Aviation Administration of China said that it had 132 people on board.
- Local media said that rescue crews were on their way to the crash site in Teng County.
On Monday afternoon, a China Eastern Airlines plane with 132 people on board crashed in Guangxi, in the southern part of China.
People in China confirmed that the Boeing 737 went down. Nobody knew right away if there were any survivors from the flight, which had the code MU5735.
FlightRadar24.com said that the plane started going down at a speed of about 523 miles per hour (842 kilmometers per hour) and almost 30,000 feet.
There was a flight from Kunming Changshui International Airport to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport that took off at 1:11 p.m. It was about halfway through its journey to Guangzhou when it was supposed to land at 3:10.
When the plane's last recorded altitude was 3,225 feet, the data showed that it was well below its normal altitude, which is about 5,000 feet. The data also showed that officials lost contact with the plane at around 2:22 p.m. local time, which is when the plane took off.
This map shows where the plane flew and where it came to a stop.
There are a lot of small towns in Teng County, where the plane went down. Statement: The Civil Aviation Administration of China said there were 123 passengers and nine crew on board. China News reported this from the statement.
In the beginning, reports said there were 133 people on the plane, but later statements changed that to 132.
News outlet The Cover said that the plane was less than seven years old.
A statement from Chinese President Xi Jinping came out in the hours after the plane crash. He said he was shocked and called for an investigation to find out what happened. Renmin Daily, which is owned by the Chinese government, published a paraphrase of the statement in its newspaper.
Videos posted by Chinese news organizations on the country's Twitter-like platform Weibo showed what looked like a mountainside engulfed in smoke. This is what happened. In news reports, it was said that the crash set off a forest fire.
Emergency teams will be sent to the crash site by the Guangzhou fire department on Monday evening, the department said at the time.
Videos that were posted on CCTV show firemen wearing protective gear as they rush to cars. The media outlet says that some 450 emergency rescue personnel are on their way to the site.