Boeing 737 plane carrying 133 passengers crashes in China, causes fire on mountain


Guwahati: As per local Chinese media reports, a Boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 133 passengers has crashed in China. The plane belonging to China Eastern Airlines crashed in Teng County, Wuzhou of Guangxi province and caused a mountain fire. 

The flight MU5736 was flying from Guangzhou to Kunming and departed the airport at 13.11 PM. The flight was scheduled to arrive at 15.05 PM. China Eastern is one of China’s three major air carriers.

Back in 2018, a Lion Air Flight 610 operating Boeing 737 Max crashed, while another 737 Max crashed in 2019, operated by Ethiopian Airlines. All Boeing 737 MAX passenger planes were grounded worldwide following the two incidents. 

However, the plane operated by China Eastern Airlines is a regular Boeing 737-89P and doesn’t belong to the Max family. As per the data from flight tracking website FlightRadar24, the plane was only 6-years old.

China’s airlines had recorded over 100 million continuous hours of safe flight as of February 19, according to Zhu Tao, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration, the Post reported.

The last domestic fatal incident was in 2010, when a plane crashed in Yichun, Heilongjiang province, killing 42 people. 

With inputs from PTI