Boeing 737 crashes with 133 people on board

A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 133 people crashed on Monday March 21 in southwestern China, state television reported, without providing an immediate report.

The Boeing 737 crashed near the city of Wuzhou, in the Guangxi region, and “caused a fire” in a mountain, CCTV said, adding that rescue teams had been sent to the scene.

According to local media, China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 took off shortly after 1 p.m. local time (6 a.m. in Paris) from the metropolis of Kunming (southwest). His destination was Canton, some 1,300 kilometers to the southeast.

No comment was immediately available from China Eastern Airlines contacted by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The last major air accident in China dates back to August 2010. A Henan Airlines airliner missed its landing near Yichun in northeastern China. This air disaster killed 42 people.

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