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China Eastern’s B737 NG crash in Guangxi, 132 feared dead


A Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft operated by China Eastern Airlines today March 22,2022 has crashed in the southwestern Chinese province of Guangxi with 132 people feared dead.

The aircraft is reported to have gone down in a mountainous area near the city of Wuzhou, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

Parts of the wreckage have been found.

China Eastern said it will ground all of its Boeing 737-800 jets starting on Tuesday. An emergency telephone assistance line for family was set up and the carrier expressed deep condolences to passengers and crew members on board.

China Eastern’s website, mobile app and some of its social media platforms were turned to black and white in a sign of mourning.

Parts of the wreckage of the missing aircraft have been found, according to the state-run media outlet People’s Daily. Some 117 rescuers have arrived on site, while another 650 have been dispatched from Guangxi province’s firefighting crew.

Family members of the passengers are being settled at Terminal 1 at Guangzhou Baiyun airport, many crying uncontrollably.

A cargo driver was driving on the highway from Nanning, Guangxi’s provincial capital, to Wuzhou when he saw an aircraft in free fall.

“I was about two to three kilometres away, I couldn’t hear the sound but the black smoke was there, it looked like an explosion,” the man told local media.

He said the whole incident only took a few seconds and by the time he was shooting with his phone, he could only capture smoke.

“It was so horrible, I only just realised later on there were more than 100 people on the flight.”

The Boeing 737-800 NG model that crashed is considered one of the safest aircraft ever made. The single-aisle jet is part of the NG, or Next Generation, era that preceded the 737 Max, which was subjected to a global grounding after two deadly crashes.

The NG has one of the best safety records among all aircraft, with just 11 fatal accidents out of more than 7,000 planes delivered since 1997, according to aviation consultancy Cirium. The China Eastern jet involved was about six years and 10 months old, according to FlightRadar.
“I wouldn’t expect today’s crash to have any bearing on the Max return to service in China,” aerospace industry analyst John Strickland said.

Prior to Monday, there had been 22 hull losses – aircraft damaged beyond repair – with a total of 612 fatalities, according to the Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network.

Flight MU5735 was traveling at an altitude of 29,100 feet at 2.19 p.m. local time when it went into a steep decline, according to FlightRadar24 tracking data. The aircraft then fell at speed more than 25,000 feet in less than three minutes to an altitude of just 3,225 feet when tracking data ended.
There are 4,502 Boeing 737-800 NGs in service globally.

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