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Fire rages after Boeing 737 jet ‘crashes into mountainside’ in China

A Chinese airliner carrying 132 people has crashed in the southern province of Guangxi.

The China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft had 123 passengers and nine crew members on board when it crashed near the city of Wuzhou in Teng county on Monday.

Smoke could reportedly be seen rising from the area after the incident sparked a fire on the mountainside.

A rescue operation is underway but the number of casualties is not yet known.

The MU5735 flight departed the southwestern city of Kunming at 1.11pm (5.11am GMT), according to data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, and was due to land in Guangzhou on the east coast at 3.05pm (7.05am GMT).

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China Eastern and Boeing 737: what are their safety records?

My colleague Simon Calder offers this background on China Eastern Airlines and the Boeing 737 involved in the disaster, looking at their respective safety records.

Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 10:55

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Videos of crash site begin to appear on social media

Footage apparently showing MU5735 falling through the air in an almost vertical drop and of its wreckage on a rural mountainside are currently being widely shared on social media, seemingly having been culled from Chinese social network Weibo.

While not all are immediately possible to verify, one we can show you captures plumes of smoke erupting from a forest near to where the plane is believed to have come down.

Fire rages after Boeing 737 jet ‘crashes into mountainside’ in China

Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 10:36

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British Pilots Association expresses grief and warns against speculation about crash’s cause

Martin Chalk, general secretary of the British Pilots Association, has this to say on this morning’s tragedy:

Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 10:20

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China Eastern Airlines’ website black-and-white in mourning

The website of China Eastern Airlines is currently rendering in black-and-white, a gesture airlines customarily make in response to a crash out of respect for the victims.

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The homepage of China Eastern Airlines appears in black-and-white to mourn the victims of the MU5735 crash

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The homepage of China Eastern Airlines appears in black-and-white to mourn the victims of the MU5735 crash

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Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 10:10

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China’s civil aviation authority confirms loss of flight MU5735

The Civil Aviation Administration of China has issued a statement confirming the loss of China Eastern flight MU573 with a total of 132 people on board: nine crew and 123 passengers.

“Accident protocols have been initiated and special units are going to the crash site,” the statement reads.

Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 10:00

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China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 132 people crashes in Guangxi province

A Chinese airliner carrying 132 people has crashed in the southern province of Guangxi, the country’s civil aviation authority has just confirmed.

The China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft had 123 passengers and nine crew members on board and had set out from the southwestern city of Kunming at 1.11pm (5.11am GMT).

This video tracks the flight’s initial progress:

Flight-tracking video shows MU5735 flight departing Kunmining

It was was due to land in Guangzhou on the east coast at 3.05pm (7.05am GMT) but apparently ran into difficulties, crashing near the city of Wuzhou in Teng county, Guangxi.

Here’s my colleague Chiara Giordano’s breaking story on all we know so far.

Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 09:48

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the air disaster in China involving a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, which has crashed in Guangxi with 132 people on board.

Joe Sommerlad21 March 2022 09:38