A China Eastern flight in the southern part of China crashed today in a mountainous region of the country. There were reportedly 132 people on board.
CBS News reports this morning:
A China Eastern passenger jet carrying 132 people crashed in southern China on Monday, aviation authorities said. China’s state-run media said the crash led to a fire on a mountain and an unknown number of casualties.
China Eastern said the cause of the crash was “still under investigation” and it did not provide any detail, but in an official filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange it expressed “its deep condolences for the passengers and crew members who died in the plane crash.”
The Boeing 737-800 from Kunming city to the southern hub of Guangzhou “lost airborne contact over Wuzhou” city in the Guangxi region, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said earlier.
Below is a video of the crash site.
The crash site is not far from the Pearl River Delta Region which is reportedly the most populated place on earth. Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong are located in this area with an estimated population of 50 million or more.