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123 passengers and nine crew members in the Boeing 737-800 are feared dead following the yesterday’s crush where it went into a dive about an hour into its flight.
 
Video clips posted by China’s state media show small pieces of the Boeing 737-800 plane scattered over a wide forested area, some in green fields, others in burnt-out patches with raw earth exposed after fires burned in the trees.

No survivors have been found as rescuers search the rugged, charred mountainside where it is believed that no foreigners were on board.

Family members have gathered at the destination and departure airports hoping to at least find the remains of the loved one in order to accord them a decent send off.

The cause of the crush remains a mystery that has puzzled a lot of experts because the Boeing 737-800 has been flying since 1998 and has an excellent safety record.

A China Eastern Airlines aircraft with 132 people on board crashed in mountains in south China yesterday while on a flight from the city of Kunming to Guangzhou, Chinese state media is reporting.

The Boeing 737 plane crashed in the countryside near Wuzhou city in the Guangxi region. It “caused a mountain [of] fire”, CCTV said, adding that rescue teams were dispatched to the scene.

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

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday ordered an investigation into the cause of the crash, state media reported.

“We are shocked to learn of the China Eastern MU5735 accident,” state broadcaster CCTV reported Xi saying, while he also called for “all efforts” towards the rescue and to find out the “cause of the accident as soon as possible”.

Local media reported that flight MU5735 had not arrived at its scheduled destination in Guangzhou after it took off from the city of Kunming shortly after 1pm (05:00 GMT), citing airport staff.

The flight-tracking ended at 2:22pm (06:22 GMT) at an altitude of 3,225 feet (983 metres) and a speed of 376 knots (696km/hour).

It had been due to land at 3:05pm (07:05 GMT).

123 passengers and nine crew members in the Boeing 737-800 are feared dead following the yesterday’s crush where it went into a dive about an hour into its flight.
 
Video clips posted by China’s state media show small pieces of the Boeing 737-800 plane scattered over a wide forested area, some in green fields, others in burnt-out patches with raw earth exposed after fires burned in the trees.

No survivors have been found as rescuers search the rugged, charred mountainside where it is believed that no foreigners were on board.

Family members have gathered at the destination and departure airports hoping to at least find the remains of the loved one in order to accord them a decent send off.

The cause of the crush remains a mystery that has puzzled a lot of experts because the Boeing 737-800 has been flying since 1998 and has an excellent safety record.

 

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