China Eastern Airlines presents website in black and white, it is feared there are no survivors in crash
Christian Fernsby ▼ |
The website of China Eastern Airlines was presented in black and white, which airlines do in response to a crash as a sign of respect for the assumed victims.
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Topics: CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES
"Can confirm the plane has crashed," China Eastern Airlines said in a statement in which it also gave details of a hotline for relatives of those on board.
The crash of the Boeing 737 jet, in a mountainous region, led to a fire in the woods, state media is reporting.
It is feared there are no survivors, but the number of casualties - and reason for the crash are not yet known.
Flight MU5735 was scheduled to leave Kunming at 1.15pm local time and was en route to Guangzhou.
The plane had crashed near Teng county in Wuzhou province. Guangxi is a southern province neighbouring Guangzhou, a major city in the south-east.
Flight tracking sites report the plane was in the air for just over an hour, and was nearing its destination when it went down in Wuzhou.
According to FlightRadar24 data, the last sourced information on the flight showed it ended at 2.22pm local time, at an altitude of 3225 feet.
The plane was a six-year-old 737-800 aircraft, according to Flightradar24.
The safety record of China's airline industry has been among the best in the world over the past decade. ■
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