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Boeing 737 crashes in mountain in China bursting into flames, 132 aboard

AsiaBoeing 737 crashes in mountain in China bursting into flames, 132 aboard

A Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in a mountain in China bursting into flames, 132 people aboard. The number of casualties not presently known.

Beijing: A China Eastern Airlines passenger jet with 132 people on board crashed in the mountains of southwestern China on Monday while on a flight from the city of Kunming to Guangzhou, China’s Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.

The China Eastern flight MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou departed at 1.11 pm local time (0511 GMT), FlightRadar24 data revealed and the flight-tracking ended at 2.22 pm local time (0622 GMT) at an altitude of 3225 feet with a speed of 376 knots. It had been due to land in Guangzhou, on the east coast, at 3:05 p.m. 0705 GMT.  Sadly, it never accomplished its journey.

One villager told a local news site that the plane involved in the crash had “completely fallen apart” and he had seen nearby forest areas destroyed by a fire caused when the plane crashed onto the mountainside.

The jet involved in the accident was a Boeing 737 aircraft and the number of casualties was not immediately known, state broadcaster CCTV said. Rescue services were on their way to the scene, it said. There was no comment on the cause of the crash.

The jet was a 6-year-old Boeing 737-800NG aircraft and was carrying 132 people. It had 123 passengers and nine crew on board and crashed in the rural countryside near Wuzhou city, Guangxi region, and “caused a mountain fire”, Chinese state media CCTV said.

Rescue teams have reportedly been sent to the scene. “The CAAC has activated the emergency mechanism and sent a working group to the scene,” the civil aviation administration said in a statement.

The aircraft involved wasn’t a new-generation Boeing Max jet and reportedly, this model had previous fatal crashes. The re-engined Max narrow-body was grounded in March 2019 in the wake of fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. That particular make of plane still hasn’t returned to commercial service in China.

According to Aviation Safety Network, China’s last fatal jet accident was in 2010, when 44 of 96 people on board were killed when an Embraer E-190 regional jet flown by Henan Airlines crashed on approach to Yichun airport in low visibility.

Regulators around the world banned the plane in 2019 following revelations that an automated flight-control system known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, could malfunction, sending the plane into a dive, which it apparently did in both fatal crashes. After a year after the 737 Max’s return, Boeing still has glitches. Is it because of the American greed who are in a hurry to get Boeing back to get back into business?

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