Wednesday, May 18, 2022

No Survivors Found After China Eastern Airlines Flight Crashes With 132 On Board

No one is reported to have survived after a China Eastern Airlines flight tragically crashed in the mountains of southern China on Monday, according to multiple outlets.

The Boeing 737-800 had 132 people aboard, including 123 passengers and nine crew members. On Tuesday, there were reports that no survivors have been found.

The cause of the crash remains unclear, and investigators have not yet located the essential black boxes, which contain flight data and cockpit voice recorders, per the Associated Press. An investigation is ongoing.

On Monday afternoon, the plane was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou when it lost contact around 2:15 p.m. and crashed in the city of Wuzhou around 2:30 p.m., the Civil Aviation Administration of China announced in a statement.

Videos shared online of the accident show the crash causing a mountain fire. The CAAC said it “activated the emergency mechanism” and sent a rescue team to the scene. Nearly 1,000 firefighters and 100 other emergency personnel were dispatched to the “heavily wooded” area.

Rescuers have found wallets and IDs amid the wreckage after searching through the thicket, following what CNN described as China’s “worst air disaster in more than a decade.”

Boeing shared its condolences for the victims of the crash and said it would cooperate with the investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735. We are working with our airline customer and are ready to support them,” the aerospace company said. “Boeing is in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and our technical experts are prepared to assist with the investigation led by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.”

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