A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 crashed with 132 people on board, including 123 passengers and nine crew members, China’s aviation authority said Monday.
Contact was lost with the flight over Wuzhou, in the mountainous Guangxi region, the authority said. It was scheduled to fly from Kunming to Guangzhou in the southeast of the country.
The flight — believed to be the MU5735 — left Kunming at 1:11 p.m. local time (1:11 a.m. ET) and was due to arrive at its destination in under two hours, according to information on FlightRadar24. The flight-tracking website shows that the Boeing 737-800 plane began to descend sharply after 2:20 p.m. local time.
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China’s Civil Aviation Administration said it had “activated the emergency mechanism and dispatched a working group to the scene,” according to a translation. Chinese state media said the crash had caused a mountain fire.