Shortly after the Eastern China passenger plane with 132 people on board crashed in the mountains of southern China this afternoon, video showed burning debris on the hillside and thick smoke.
The Boeing 737 was flying from the city of Kunming to Guangzhou when it “lost contact over the air in the city of Wuzhou” in Guangxi province, China’s Civil Aviation Administration said.
The plane crashed in Teng county near Wuzhou and caused a mountain fire.
A video tweeted by ChinaAviationReview, an unverified account, shows what is said to be the “last minute of Mu5735”. It claimed the video was footage of the plane bowing at high speed before it crashed into a mountain.
– ChinaAviationReview (@ChinaAvReview) March 21, 2022
Concerns about the plane crash spread when local media reported China Eastern flight MU5735 did not arrive as planned in Guangzhou after taking off from Kunming after 1:00 p.m.
Flight tracker FlightRadar24 showed no further data for the MU5735 after 2:22 pm local time, when it had reached Wuzhou. It showed the plane had dropped sharply from an altitude of 29,100 feet to 3,225 feet in 1.36 minutes, before flight information stopped.
A villager was quoted by AFP as telling local sites that the plane had “completely broken down” and he had seen nearby forest areas destroyed by fire.