The death toll was not disclosed on Monday evening in Beijing time, more than six hours after the disaster that caused the hot reaction of President Xi Jinping, a rare Chinese leader.
However, looking at the data from the crash, it seemed unlikely that anyone would bring it to life. In a statement, the airline China Eastern Airlines “respected” the “dead” of the disaster.
According to the specialized site FlightRadar24, the device was lost nearly 26,000 feet (7,925 m) in 3 minutes before disappearing from the radar screen after 2:22 pm local time (06:22 GMT).
China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 from Shanghai took off from Kunming’s metropolis (southwest) shortly after 1:00 pm local time (Greenwich Mean Time 05:00). His destination was Canton (south), about 1,300 km away.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the 737-800, which had 123 passengers and nine crew members, “has lost contact with Wuzhou City” in the mountainous region of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. am.
The plane was “crushed,” locals told local media.
“I was shocked”
The accident “broke a fire” in the mountains, said CCTV, a public television station that broadcast images of firefighters heading to the scene of the accident through mountainous areas and tree-lined roads. The rescuer put out the flame.
“All the residents took the initiative to help the rescue. All went to the mountains,” a trader named Tang Min, who lives about four kilometers away from the area, told AFP over the phone.
President Xi Jinping said he was “shocked” after the accident, according to the Xinhua News Agency. A strong man in Beijing called for “identifying the cause of the accident as soon as possible.”
From the United States, Boeing said, “We are trying to collect more information.”
According to financial media Yicai, China Eastern Airlines has decided to suspend all 737-800s from Tuesday without waiting for the results of the investigation. We were unable to contact the company to comment on this information.
Airplane accidents are relatively rare in China, where air traffic has increased significantly in recent decades and safety measures are generally strict.
The country’s last major accident dates back to August 2010. Later, a plane from the Chinese company Henan Airlines crashed in the northeastern part of the country, killing about 40 people.
The biggest casualties of commercial aviation date back to 1994. China Northwest Airlines Tupolev 154 crashed shortly after taking off from Xi’An (north), killing all 160 people on board.
Many Chinese passengers also died in March 2014 when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to Beijing disappeared in a mysterious manner.
The aviation accident on Monday is another blow to Boeing in China.
In March 2019, the country was the first country in the world to order the company to suspend flights on 737 MAX aircraft for security reasons.
The announcement follows two accidents that killed 346 people abroad in a few months.
Almost three years after these setbacks, Chinese regulators finally lifted the Boeing 737 MAX flight ban last December. It is unclear whether these aircraft have resumed commercial flight in China again.
This decision was long-awaited by Boeing, where China is an important market.
Regulators have specifically stipulated that the 737 MAX be returned to technological changes in the plane in China’s skies to ensure flight safety.
China was the last major country to lift the ban on aircraft.