A China Eastern Airline plane carrying 132 people has crashed in the mountains of southern China.
Flight 5735 was carrying 123 passengers, as well as nine crew members, from Kunming to Guangzhou, on Monday Mar. 21 when flight authorities lost contact around 2:22 p.m. local time while it was above the city of Wuzhou in Guangxi.
It then dropped rapidly during its descent and landing stage on Monday Mar. 21.
One video shared on Chinese media showed the plane diving to the ground at an angle “35 degrees off vertical”, but Reuters has yet to verify the footage.
The Civil Administration of China (CAAC) confirmed in a statement that the aircraft had crashed.
Videos from local media show a huge fire in the mountains of Guangxi and plane debris scatter around the mountains.
State media reported that no survivors were found, and authorities have yet to publish the names of the passengers in the flight.
Search and rescue operation are underway, but the mountainous area where the crash happened has slowed down the process.
Authorities are still determining the cause of the crash.