Boeing 737 Plane Carrying 133 Crashes In China

China: Boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 132 people crashed in Teng County, Wuzhou of Guangxi province and caught fire in a mountain with unidentified people, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said today.

The flight MU5736 was flying from Guangzhou to Kunming and departed the airport at 13.11 PM. The flight was scheduled to arrive at 15.05 PM. 

CCTV quoted the provincial emergency management bureau as saying that the Boeing 737 plane crashed in the countryside near the city of Wuzhou in the Guangxi region and "came on fire in the mountain".

The report said that rescue teams have been sent to the spot.

The Civil Aviation Administration said the plane lost contact with the city of Wuzhou. It had 123 passengers and nine crew on board. State media reported that 133 people were on board the first plane.

A China Eastern flight from Kunming to Guangzhou departed at 1.11 pm (0511 GMT) local time, FlightRadar24 data showed. The flight tracking ended at 2.22 pm local time (0622 GMT) at 3225 feet with a speed of 376 knots.

It was due to land at 3.05 am (0705 GMT).

China's airline industry has had one of the best safety records in the world over the past decade.