A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 that made the journey between the Chinese cities of Kunming (southwest) and Canton (southeast) crashed this Monday with 133 people on boardaccording to state television CCTV.
Flight MU5735, which had taken off at 1:15 p.m. local time (5:15 GMT), crashed to the ground in the Guangxi region (south) without knowing more details at the moment or if there are survivors.
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Rescue teams went to the scene to try to find survivors.adds the Chinese state chain, according to which the accident caused a forest fire in the Teng county of the city of Wuzhou, in Guangxi.
The flight had an expected duration of one hour and forty minutes, in which the device, almost seven years old, had to travel the 1,357 kilometers that separate Kunming from Canton.
ATP BREAKING NEWS: A #Boeing 737 carrying 133 passengers from #China Eastern Airlines has failed and started a mountain fire in Wuzhou County, Guangxi. Rescue teams are currently approaching and casualties are unknown. pic.twitter.com/j0nnQ9O3Kc
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According to data from the FlightRadar24 flight tracking portal, the aircraft was flying at 2:19 p.m. local time (06:19 GMT) at an altitude of 29,100 feet (8,870 meters) when, about 55 kilometers west of the town of Wuzhou, began to descend.
The last point of contact of the flight, according to the aforementioned portal, was about 25 kilometers southwest of Wuzhou, at an altitude of 3,225 feet (989 meters), at 2:22 p.m. local time (06:22 GMT), which would mean that in just three minutes the apparatus descended almost 8,000 meters.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.