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Plane with 132 onboard crashes in China

A China Eastern Boeing 737 with 132 onboard was hit by an accident and caused a mountain fire in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the number of casualties is not clear yet, CCTV reported on Monday afternoon.

The plane, MU 5735 took 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.

At present, rescue teams have been deployed and are approaching the crash site, Xinhua reported.

China Eastern Airlines could not be reached for comment as of press time.

There was no word on the cause of the crash of the plane, which Flightradar24 identified as a 6-year-old 737-800 aircraft.

Local media reported that China Eastern flight MU5735 had not arrived at its scheduled destination in Guangzhou after it took off from the city of Kunming shortly after 1:00 pm (0500 GMT) on Monday, citing airport staff.

The flight-tracking ended at 2:22 pm (0622 GMT) an altitude of 3225 feet with a speed of 376 knots.

It had been due to land at 3:05 pm (0705 GMT).

Safety record

China Eastern is one of China’s three major air carriers.

The safety record of the country’s airline industry has been among the best in the world over the past decade.

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