A passenger plane carrying 132 passengers has crashed in southern China. Local media is reporting there are no signs of survivors.
The China Eastern Airlines flight was flying domestically from Kunming to Guangzhou yesterday afternoon when the aircraft experienced a sudden descent.
The Boeing 737-800 lost contact with flight trackers about an hour into the flight.
Data from Flightradar24 suggests the aircraft crashed within a minute and a half of the issue occurring.
Company Boeing has released a statement on Twitter, saying: “Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735. We are working with our airline customers and are ready to support them.”
The aircraft was not a Boeing 737 MAX model, which was banned from flying in China after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
China’s President Xi Jinping has ordered an immediate investigation into the incident and more than 600 emergency workers are currently at the crash site area.
All of China Eastern Airline’s Boeing 737-800s have since been grounded.