A China Eastern 737-800 crashed in Southern China this morning, with fears mounting that all 132 passengers and crew onboard are dead.
China Eastern 737-800 Crash – What Happened To MU5735?
Here’s what we know so far about the crash:
- MU5735, operating from Kunming (KMG) to Guangzhou (CAN)
- The flight was operated by a six-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft, registered B-1791
- 132 passengers and crewmembers were onboard
- 123 passengers
- 9 crew members
- The aircraft appeared to make a rapid uncontrolled descent according to flight tracking data
- Unverified video and pictures include aircraft parts and a large plume of smoking emanating from the crash site
- Chinese state media have noted, “A rescue team has assembled and is approaching. The situation with casualties remains unclear.”
#Breaking CCTV news just reported a China Eastern Boeing 737 was involved in an accident in a mountain range in Tengxian, Guangxi. 133 passengers onboard. Rescue effort has been dispatched. Fire reported. Injured and casualties unknown. pic.twitter.com/NV9fErNDQU
— FATIII Aviation (@FATIIIAviation) March 21, 2022
— ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview) March 21, 2022
Data flight FlightRadar24 shows the sudden drop as the aircraft approached Guangzhou:
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