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Chinese plane crashes on hill with 133 on board

By Reuters

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  • The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded in China for three years after two fatal crashes, but has conducted a number of earlier test flights.
  • Flight tracking websites showed the plane, painted in the livery of Shanghai Airlines – a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines – was heading to Hawaii.

A passenger plane with 132 people on board crashed in southern China on Monday, the authorities said.

There was no immediate word of any casualties from the China Eastern Airlines flight. State media said the flight was carrying 123 passengers and nine crew members.

A rescue operations were under way after the Boeing 737 went down near Wuzhou in Guangxi, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

According to news portal The Paper, a staff member at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport said flight MU5735 from Kunming to Guangzhou has not arrived at its destined time.

The flight was scheduled to take off from Kunming at 1.10pm and arrive at Guangzhou at 2.52 pm and is now marked “out of reach” on Baiyun airport’s app.

Following the accident videos and pictures purporting to come from the scene started circulating on social media showing smoke billowing from a hillside and wreckage on the ground.

China’s airlines had recorded over 100 million continuous hours of safe flight as of February 19, according to Zhu Tao, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration.

China’s airlines had recorded over 100 million continuous hours of safe flight as of February 19, according to Zhu Tao, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration.

The last domestic crash was in 2010, when a plane crashed in Yichun in Heilongjiang province, killing 42.

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