Following the accident of a Boeing 737 in southern China with 132 passengers on board, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a massive rescue operation.
Over the city of Wuzhou in southern China, Chinese aircraft MU5735 lost touch with the ground crew, carrying 123 passengers and nine crew members. According to China Eastern Airlines and China’s Civil Aviation Administration, the plane was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou.
Investigators are still working to determine what caused the crash.
Xi stated he was “shocked” when he heard the news of the crash. Rescuers were sent to the site in the Guangxi region immediately after Xi Jinping called for an “all-out” rescue mission.
The jet was scheduled to arrive in Guangzhou in less than two hours when it left Kunming. FlightRadar24 data indicated the plane plummeted from 29,000 feet to less than an hour from its destination in a matter of minutes.
Boeing stated that it was aware of the crash and that it was “working to gather more information.” Meanwhile, Xi has already has called for his own investigation into the cause of the crash.