China Eastern flight MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou, operated by six year old Boeing 737-800 registration B-1791, crashed near Wuzhou, China. After descending at a rate of over 30,000 feet per minute, the 123 passengers and 9 crew are presumed not to have survived though rescue crews are on the scene.
According to China’s aviation authority,
On March 21, 2022, a Boeing 737 of China Eastern Airlines lost contact over Wuzhou during the Kunming-Guangzhou flight.
The plane has now been confirmed to have crashed. There were 132 people on board, including 123 passengers and 9 crew members. The Civil Aviation Administration has activated the emergency mechanism and dispatched a working group to the scene.
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— Aus Covid and Vax stats #STANDWITHUKRAINE (@aus_forum) March 21, 2022
CAAC reported 132 passengers and 9 crew members on board of flight #MU5735 that came down in a sparsely populated area setting off wildfires. If confirmed, this accident represents the worst ever accident of China Eastern Airlines and the 8th worst of a Boeing 737. pic.twitter.com/WSXUxU8se2
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) March 21, 2022
【Crash site】A Boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 133 people from China Eastern Airlines had an accident in Teng County, Guangxi and then triggered a mountain fire. At present, the rescue team has gathered, the casualties are still unknown. pic.twitter.com/udlT6qqKWZ
— 豆腐Toufu.exe🀄️ (@y1499003) March 21, 2022
A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 operating flight MU5735 has reportedly crashed near Wuzhou in southern China. Initial reports say 133 onboard.pic.twitter.com/iipgQYGkhK
— WLVN Analysis🔍 (@TheLegateIN) March 21, 2022
In 2015 Delta Air Lines took a 3.55% stake in China Eastern. In 2017 China Eastern took a 10% stake in Air France KLM.