A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 132 people has crashed in the southern Guangxi province, according to the China’s aviation authority.
China’s aviation authority said that the plane which carries 123 passengers and 9 crew members crashed near the city of Wuzhou in Teng county. It was travelling from Kumming in the western province of Yunnan to the industrial center of Guangzhou along the east coast.
Rescue crews have been deployed to the crash area and the fire caused by the crash has been put out. The number of casualty is yet unknown.
The plane stopped transmitting data just southwest of the Chinese city of Wuzhou.
Boeing delivered the aircraft to China Eastern in June 2015. Boeing shares were down over 6% in after-hours trading.
Shanghai-based China Eastern is one of China’s top three airlines, operating scores of domestic and international routes serving 248 destinations.
The last deadly passenger plane crash in China was in 2010, when Henan Airlines Embraer E-90 flight crashed, killing 42 people.
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