China plane crash latest: State broadcaster says no survivors found as Boeing 737 fleet grounded

Emergency services launch rescue mission after airliner crashes in southern China

China’s state broadcaster said no survivors were found at the site where a Boeing 737 crashed on Monday.

China Eastern grounded its entire fleet of Boeing 737-800s after the passenger plane carrying 132 people crashed, with officials fearing everyone on board may have died.

CCTV reported on Tuesday morning, approximately 18 hours after the crash, that “plane wreckage was found at the scene, but so far none of the people on board the plane with whom contact has been made lost has not been found”.

The crash – China’s worst air disaster in nearly a decade – saw the plane crash into a mountainous region in southern China. Smoke could be seen rising from the hills near Wuzhou city, Teng county, Guangxi province, after the Boeing 737 plummeted 30,000 feet in two minutes.

President Xi Jinping ordered an immediate investigation into the crash, and officials said the country’s vice premier was overseeing the search and rescue operation.

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Chinese vice premier to oversee rescue operations

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and State Councilor Wang Yong were tasked with overseeing rescue operations in the China Eastern 737 crash that reportedly killed all 132 people on board.

On Monday, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping said he was “shocked to learn” of the tragic incident.

Flight data showed the plane disappeared from radar two minutes after its sudden drop from an altitude of around 8,869 meters.

The state broadcaster reported on Tuesday that no survivors had been found at the crash site near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region.

Xinhua reported that there were no foreign passengers on board.

Maroosha MuzaffarMarch 22, 2022 03:35

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China’s state broadcaster says there were no survivors in the plane crash

China’s state broadcaster said no survivors were found in Tuesday’s plane crash.

CCTV reported today that while “plane wreckage has been found at the scene, but so far none of the people on board the plane who were lost to contact have been found “.

The plane carrying 132 people crashed in the mountainous region of China on Monday – and has been billed as the worst air disaster in a decade.

The Boeing 737-800 crashed near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region while flying from Kunming in the southwest province of Yunnan to Guangzhou along the east coast.

Xinhua The news agency reported that the accident created a deep pit in the mountainside.

Maroosha MuzaffarMarch 22, 2022 03:15

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Ella GloverMarch 22, 2022 12:09 a.m.

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Boeing technical staff to assist in the investigation

Boeing will offer the full support of its technical experts in the investigation of the accident, announced its CEO.

Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun told employees on Monday he was limited by what Boeing could say about the investigation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, but offered the company’s full support. ‘business, Reuters reported.

“Trust that we will do everything we can to support our client and the accident investigation during this difficult time, guided by our commitment to safety, transparency and integrity at every step,” Calhoun said. .

Ella GloverMarch 21, 2022 11:14 p.m.

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Relatives of passengers are waiting at the airport for their loved ones

Some relatives of the 132 passengers on the Boeing 737 were pictured waiting for their loved ones at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

Some sit in a specifically cordoned off area.

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Ella GloverMarch 21, 2022 10:20 p.m.

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In pictures: Plane crash rocks China as relatives await information

In this cellphone photo taken by Xinhua News Agency, a piece of wreckage from China Eastern Flight MU5735 is seen after it crashed into the mountain in Tengxian County

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People talk to staff at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport before entering the area where relatives of passengers await news

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Police officers stand guard at the entrance to a village leading to the wreckage

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A screenshot of smoke billowing from a bamboo forest after a China Eastern Airlines passenger flight crashed with 132 people on board

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China Eastern Airlines officials arrive in Wuzhou

A so-called China Eastern Airlines “task force” arrived in the city of Wuzhou, near where a Boeing 737 crashed on Monday, according to state broadcaster CGTN.

Officials are believed to be in the area as part of the investigation into what happened.

It was not known if they would help the rescuers in their operation.

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Watch: Emergency services begin rescue mission in southern China

Emergency services launch rescue mission after airliner crashes in southern China

sam hancockMarch 21, 2022 8:26 p.m.

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China grounding its entire Boeing 737 fleet after crash, state media says

Earlier, we reported that China grounded its 737-800 fleet, which FlightRadar says is made up of 109 such aircraft.

It came after a China Eastern Boeing jetliner, with 132 people on board, crashed in a remote mountainous region in southern China.

More than 12 hours after the accident, there is still no news of survivors.

FlightRadar24, the Swedish tracking site, said the plane involved in the crash was six years old.

The 737-800 is a predecessor to Boeing’s 737 MAX, which is awaiting regulatory approval in China, the world’s largest domestic aviation market.

It has a maximum seating capacity of 189 and is powered by a CFM-56 engine, according to Boeing’s website.

Rescue workers are said to be still at the site near the city of Wuzhou, in Teng county, in the southern province of Guangxi.

Police officers stand guard at the entrance to a village leading to the site of a plane crash near Wuzhou

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sam hancockMarch 21, 2022 8:03 p.m.

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“He fell vertically from the sky”: witnesses tell of the crash of a plane

Eyewitnesses have described the moment they saw a Boeing 737 plane crash into a mountainous region in southern China on Monday.

In an interview with state media Beijing Youth Dailyone person described seeing a plane “fall straight out of the sky” in front of him around 2 p.m.

“The plane fell vertically from the sky. Although I was very far away, I could still see that it was a plane. The plane did not smoke during the fall. The fire started after falling into the mountain, followed by lots of smoke,” said the witness, who was only identified by his last name, Liu.

“My heart was pounding,” he added.

In a separate interview with China Information Servicea resident of Molang village in Tengxian county – close to the crash site – claims to have seen “wings and pieces of the plane, as well as clothes hanging from the trees” soon after the incident.

The witness, whose name has not been released, told state media that he drove his motorbike to the crash site after hearing ‘a huge explosion’ around 2.40pm to ‘see if he could help to the rescue”. He added that he believed the accident caused around “10 acres of fire”.

sam hancockMarch 21, 2022 7:30 p.m.

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