Rescuers search for the black boxes and traces of the 132 people who were on the crashed China Eastern plane in Guangxi

Rescue efforts continue Tuesday in Tengxian county in the southern province of Guangxi, where a China Eastern airlines Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed on Monday.with no survivors or black boxes reported yet.

The plane was traveling between the cities of Kunming (southwest) and Guangzhou (southeast) and took off at 1:15 p.m. local time (05:15 GMT) on Monday before crashing to land in Guangxi at 2:38 p.m. local time (06:38 GMT).

At the moment no official source has clarified if foreigners were traveling on board.

Members of the security forces prevent passage in the area where the search and rescue mission for bodies and remains of the crashed plane in Guanxi is being carried out (REUTERS / Carlos Garcia Rawlins) (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS /)
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Paramilitary police officers at the crash site of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, in Wuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (REUTERS / China Daily) (CHINA DAILY /)

The accident caused a forest fire in the areaof difficult access for the rescue teams due to its steep orography and its remote location.

The People’s Liberation Army (Chinese Army) mobilized 80 soldiers from the region to collaborate in the rescue work in the early hours of Tuesday, who joined more than 700 firefighters from the local province and another 500 sent by the neighboring province, Canton.

A police officer wears a traffic cone after police vehicles enter Lu village, near the crash site of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, in Wuzhou, Autonomous Region Guangxi Zhuang, China March 22, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A police officer wears a traffic cone after police vehicles enter Lu village, near the crash site of a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, in Wuzhou, Autonomous Region Guangxi Zhuang, China March 22, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/)

The fire was extinguished on Monday afternoon and the rescue teams were able to approach the accident site, where they continued their work during the night: “There are pieces of the plane’s wing, some between two and three meters. There is also rubble and debris, some of which are probably pieces of clothing.”described a worker quoted by the Xinhua agency.

The Guangxi Health Commission also sent 36 ambulances and 80 medical workers to the area to assist possible survivors and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He has traveled to the scene to direct the operations.

“Nosedive”

“The plane nosedived and appeared to be in one piece during the fall. A few seconds later, it crashed.”said a resident of the area quoted by Xinhua.

According to data from the flight tracking portal FlightRadar24the aircraft was flying at 14:19 local time (06:19 GMT) at a altitude of 29,100 feet (8,870 meters) when, about 55 kilometers west of the town of Wuzhou, it began to descend.

The last point of contact of the flight, according to the aforementioned portal, was about 25 kilometers southwest of Wuzhou, at an altitude of 3,225 feet (989 meters)at 14:22 local time (06:22 GMT), which would mean that in just three minutes the device descended almost 8,000 meters.

Other witnesses referred to the sound of the explosion: “I heard a very loud noise and a fire quickly started in my tree plantation,” explained a local.

stock market crashes

The plane crash, the first in China since 2010, when 44 people died in an incident in Yichun (northeast), has caused declines in the stock value of the airline operating the flight, China Eastern Airlines.

The company lost 5.98% today at 10:30 local time (2:30 GMT) on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and 4.36% on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where it is also listed.

FILE PHOTO: The China Eastern Airlines Airbus A350-900 is pictured in Blagnac, near Toulouse, France, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
FILE PHOTO: The China Eastern Airlines Airbus A350-900 is pictured in Blagnac, near Toulouse, France, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

China Eastern ordered hours after the incident that all 737-800 aircraft, the model of the accident aircraft, remain on the ground until more information is available on what happenedaccording to the local press.

Shortly after the event, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for an investigation to clarify both the causes of the accident “as soon as possible” as well as other possible security problems in the civil aviation sector.

(With information from EFE)

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