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Plane with 132 on board crashes in China

Details of the accident are not yet known. But the crashed Boeing 737 was occupied by 132 people.

Beijing – An Eastern Airlines plane with 132 on board has crashed in southern China.

As reported by Chinese state television on Monday, the accident happened near Wuzhou in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi. Nothing was initially known about the victims and the circumstances of the accident.

According to the first information, the aircraft with the flight number MU5735 was on its way from Kunming in the Yunnan province to Guangzhou in the Guangdong province. Rescue teams were assembled and sent to the scene of the accident in Teng County, state media reported.

In a video circulating on the Chinese internet, a high plume of smoke could be seen in the hills from afar. Debris was also shown that local residents claim to have filmed with their cellphones. The authenticity of the videos could not be confirmed at first.

The aviation authority in Beijing confirmed the crash. There were 132 people on board, including nine crew members. In the first reports, there had been talk of 133 inmates.

The crash happened in a remote and hilly area of Teng County, about 300 kilometers from Guangzhou. A few minutes after the first reports of the accident, the status of the flight was changed to “crashed” in a mobile travel app. The machine was a Boeing 737-800NG.

A forest fire developed after the crash. dpa

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