By Ivan Mwine
At least 132 people, passengers and crew, who were aboard a Boeing 737 are feared to have died after the plane crashed in China on Monday, March 21, 2022.
According to Chinese authorities, the passenger plane plummeted 30,000ft to the ground before bursting into flames in a remote Chinese mountain range – with no sign of survivors.
The China Eastern Airlines flight nosedived before smashing into the hillside and erupting in a huge fireball near the city of Wuzhou, in Teng county in the southern province of Guangxi.
According to a rescue official, the plane had completely disintegrated while a fire sparked by the crash ripped through bamboo and trees before being put out.
Horrifying CCTV footage emerged on social media supposedly showing the jet racing vertically towards the ground in the moments before the smash.
Speaking about the horrible incident, President Xi Jinping said that he was ‘shocked’ by the incident and immediately ordered an investigation into the cause.
However, what caused the sudden dip and crash is not yet known, although aviation experts told MailOnline it may have been ‘a loss of control event, possibly following a high altitude stall of the aircraft’ or a sensory failure in the cockpit.
The plane, flight number MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou, is believed to be a Boeing 737-89P, which is not part of the MAX series that has been dogged by problems in recent years.
China’s Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said the aircraft lost contact over the city of Wuzhou.
The CAAC said in a statement: ‘The CAAC has activated the emergency mechanism and sent a working group to the scene.’
The Aviation Safety Network said: ‘We are following multiple unconfirmed reports about a possible accident involving China Eastern Airlines flight #MU5735 a Boeing 737-89P (B-1791) en route from Kunming to Guangzhou, China.’
Courtesy of MailOnline