Boeing 737 passenger jet with 132 passengers on board has crashed in China

According to officials and flight-tracking data, a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 132 passengers on board sank midway through Monday and crashed in a mountainous area of southern China.

Flight MU5735 left Kunming at 1:11 p.m. According to FlightRadar24, it was scheduled to reach Guangzhou in the southeast of the country in local time (1:11 am ET) and in less than two hours.

The plane was cruising 29,100 feet and made a sharp landing just after 2:20 p.m., briefly recovering more than 1,000 feet and resuming dive before being disconnected. It fell more than 25,000 feet in about two minutes.

According to the Aviation Safety Network database, if the deaths of 123 passengers and nine crew members were confirmed, it would be the deadliest plane crash in China since 1994 and the deadliest for China Eastern Airlines.

The 737-800 has a strong security record. The first plane that crashed in China on Monday flew in June 2015 It was not a Boeing 737 Max, it was grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.