A Chinese plane with about 132 people reportedly crashed into a hillside in southern China.
China Eastern Airlines was to fly from Kunming to Guangzhou when it fell and crashed into Guangxi and caught fire.
According to BBC News, the number of people that would have been impacted by the crash is yet to be known. So far, rescuers are yet to see signs of survivors.
China’s airlines are esteemed to own a good safety record, where the last crash happened twelve years ago.
The crash terrified President Xi Jinping who has ordered an investigation to check out the cause of the crash. Eastern Airlines has reportedly ordered that all its 737s do not fly.
Data released showed the plane had lost balance during its cruising altitude and then fallen to the ground.
About 600 emergency crew members are reported to be at the crash site. Firefighters were the first to douse the raging fire in the hills caused by the crash.
Videos taken by people in the local were shared on Chinese social media displaying fire from the crash and plane on the ground.
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Flight safety and standards in China have been top-notch in the last decades after having experienced so many crashes in the 1990s.
China’s last major flight crash happened in August 2010, when a plane from Harbin fell in northeast Yichun killing 42 people.
China has put up a hotline for people searching for updates about those on board.
The airline controlled by the state is one of China’s major 3 airlines, along with Air China and China Southern.
Civil Aviation Administration stated it has sent out its investigators to the site.
Flight MU5735 had left Kunming at 13:11 local time and were to land in Guangzhou at 15:05.
Source: BBC News