China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 with 123 passengers and 9 crew members crashed in a mountainous region in Wuzhou, with the explosion setting off a fire in the woods.
The aircraft involved is Boeing 737-89P B-1791.
Note: This is NOT a Boeing 737 MAX.
Flight MU5735 left Kunming at 13:11 local time (05:11 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive Guangzhou at 15:05.
According to Flightradar24 “flight MU5735 was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou. It took off from Kunming at 05:11 UTC. It was cruising at 29.100 feet until 06:20:59 when it suddenly started to lose altitude very fast.”
The airliner was in the air for over an hour when it suddenly dived into a mountain and start a fire in a forrest.
Tragically there is no sign of survivors.
China Eastern issued this statement:
Above Copyright Photo: B-1791 was painted in the special “Yunnan Peacock” livery. China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-89P WL B-1791 (msn 41474) (Yunnan Peacock) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 957100.
More details to follow.