Boeing 737 Crash in China: China Eastern flight MU573 carrying 132 passengers has collided with a mountain in China’s Guangxi region. The plane had taken off from Kunming and was on its way to Guangzhou. A huge fire has broken out on the mountain due to the plane crash.
The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800 aircraft and belonged to China Eastern Airlines. The number of survivors or casualties is not yet known.
The Boeing reportedly crashed in the countryside near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region. The rescue team has been sent to the accident site.
PM Narendra Modi condoled the plane crash in China by tweeting, “Deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the crash of passenger flight MU5735 onboard 132 in Guangxi, China.”
Deeply shocked and saddened to learn about the crash of passenger flight MU5735 with 132 in Guangxi, China. Our condolences and prayers are with the victims of the accident and their family members.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
21 March 2022
UK PM Boris Johnson also offered his condolences and said his thoughts are with the families of all those trapped in this tragedy and with the search and rescue teams currently in place.
Terrible news about China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735. My thoughts are with the families of all those trapped in this tragedy and the search and rescue teams are responding at this time.
— boris johnson (@BorisJohnson)
21 March 2022
China Eastern Airlines crash: what really happened?
China Eastern Flight MU5735 was on its way to Guangzhou after taking off from Kunming city shortly after 1 p.m. on March 21. The plane did not reach its intended destination and was later told that it had crashed. Flight data showed it lost 18,000 feet in a span of two minutes.
crash site pic.twitter.com/8qJWYK8FhS
— ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview)
21 March 2022
Boeing 737 Crash in China: Everything We Know So Far!
It was a 6-year-old Boeing 737 aircraft of China Eastern Airlines.
There were 132 people on board including 123 passengers and nine crew members.
It has collided with a mountain in Guangxi, China.
The accident has caused a huge fire at the site,
-So far there are no reports on the number of survivors or casualties.
China Eastern Flight MU5735 Schedule: China Eastern Flight MU5735 took off from Kunming at 1.11 pm and was scheduled to land in Guangzhou at 3.05 pm. The flight tracking ended at 2:22 pm, when the flight was at an altitude of 3225 feet.
We are following several unconfirmed reports about a possible crash on a China Eastern Airlines flight #mu5735 A Boeing 737-89P (B-1791) on its way from Kunming to Guangzhou, China. pic.twitter.com/d8MhU7mZPv
— Aviation Safety Network (ASN) (@AviationSafety)
21 March 2022
When was the last plane crash in China?
The last plane crash in China was on May 25, 2002, when a Boeing 747-209B carrying 225 people crashed in the Taiwan Strait, killing everyone on board. China Airlines Flight 611 reportedly crashed into the air northeast of Penghu Island about 20 minutes after takeoff.
Are Boeing 737-800 and 737 Max the Same?
The Boeing 737-800 is the predecessor of the Boeing 737-MAX. The MAX 8, the first version of the 737 MAX series, replaced the Boeing 737-800.
Has the Boeing 737-800 Crashed Before?
The Boeing 737-800, launched in 1994, is one of the most popular aircraft worldwide and is used by several major airlines in India including Air India Express, SpiceJet, Vistara, American Airlines, Ryanair and Singapore Airlines subsidiary SilkAir goes.
However, the aircraft has also been involved in several fatal accidents during its long service life.
The following are some of the fatal accidents involving the Boeing 737-800:
September 29, 2006: Gol Transports Aérios Flight 1907, a brand new 737-800 carrying 154 people, broke down and crashed in Brazil after a collision with an Embraer Legacy 600 in mid-air. While all of the Boeing 737-800 on board died, the Legacy landed safely.
May 5, 2007: Kenya Airways Flight 507, a Boeing 737-800, from Abidjan, Cte d’Ivoire to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed into a swamp carrying 114 people, killing all on board.
25 February 2009: Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, which took off from Istanbul, crashed into a field near the Polderbahn while attempting to land at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, killing nine people.
25 January 2010: Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 carrying 98 people crashed in the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport, killing everyone on board. It was on its way to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
May 22, 2010: Air India Express flight 812 overshot the runway while landing at Mangalore International Airport, killing 158 people, eight survived.
16 August 2010: AIRES Flight 8250 crashed on the island of San Andres in Colombia and split into three pieces.
March 19, 2016: Flydubai flight 981, flying from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don in Russia, crashed during its final approach to the airport, carrying all 62 on board.
January 8, 2020: Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 carrying 176 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, Iran, killing all on board. The flight was bound for Kyiv, Ukraine. It was later learned that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had inadvertently shot down the plane.
August 7, 2020: Air India Express Flight 1344 while landing in heavy rain overshot the runway at Calicut International Airport and crashed into a ditch, killing the pilot and 18 passengers.