China’s national television station confirmed that there were no survivors after the crash of a China Airlines plane carrying 132 people.
The China Eastern Airlines plane was flying from Kunming to the eastern city of Guangzhou when it crashed in a mountainous area near the southern city of Wuzhou on Monday.
A search and rescue mission has been launched but on Tuesday morning state broadcaster CCTV said: “Debris of the plane has been found at the scene but so far, none of them have been found.” those on board that lost contact have been found.”
The plane dived, stabilized, then dived again before impact
According to flight tracking website FlightRadar24, Flight 5735 – a Boeing 737-800 – was at 29,000ft when it began a rapid and steep dive about an hour into its journey.
It fell to 7,400ft before briefly regaining a height of about 1,200ft.
Then it plunged again, crashing into the hills and bursting into flames.
China has nearly 1,200 737-800s, and all of China Eastern’s fleets have been launched, according to state media.
Boeing 737-800s have flown for more than 20 years and have been involved in 22 crashes during that time in which the plane was damaged beyond repair.
Those crashes killed 612 people, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
The plane involved in Monday’s crash has been in service for about six years.
“We will do everything we can to assist the customer and the crash investigation”
US company Boeing said its technical experts were “ready to assist with the investigation led by the Civil Aviation Administration of China”, while US federal aviation investigators also offered to help.
Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said: “Trust that we will do everything we can to support our customers and crash investigation during this difficult time, guided by our commitment to I’m about safety, transparency and integrity at every step.”
Shares in Boeing succeeded in the US marketat one point fell 10%, but closed down 3.6%.
Access to the crash site will be difficult for investigators
Investigators from CAAC and China Eastern were dispatched to the scene.
Approaching will be their first challenge – it’s surrounded by mountains on three sides, with only a small path leading to the scene of the crash.
The 737-800 is not the same as the Boeing 737 MAX – a later version that was grounded around the world for nearly two years after crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people.
China’s aviation safety record has improved in recent decades, as a growing middle class fuels demand and the last fatal crash of a Chinese plane was in 2010. .