A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board crashed in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday afternoon, setting off a mountain fire.
The 132 people on board the flight included 123 passengers and nine crew members, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on its website. There were no foreigners among, authorities confirmed.
Following the crash, videos and pictures purporting to come from the scene started doing the rounds on social media showing smoke billowing from a hillside and wreckage on the ground.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that he was “shocked” to learn about the accident and has ordered an “all-out search” and rescue efforts. The number of casualties was not clear as of Monday night.
Boeing began delivering the 737-800 to customers in 1997 and delivered the last of the series to China Eastern in 2020. Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular planes for short and medium-haul flights. China Eastern operates multiple versions of the common aircraft, including the 737-800 and the 737 Max.
The 737 Max version was grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes within a span of five months in 2018 and 2019. China’s aviation regulator cleared that plane to return to service late last year, making the country the last major market to do so.
Here’s a list of air accidents involving Boeing 737s –
1. Air India Express Flight 1344 (August 2020)
The Boeing 737 with 190 people on board crashed at Kerala’s Calicut airport on August 7, 2020, killing 21 people. The plane was repatriating Indians stranded during the COVID-19 pandemic and had flown from Dubai when it skidded off the runway in heavy rain and broke in two after landing.
2. Pegasus Airlines Flight 2193 (February 2020)
The Boeing 737-800 skidded off the runway while landing at the Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Turkey, killing three people of the 179 people on board.
3. Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (January 2020)
Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard accidentally shot down the Boeing 737-800 on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board. It plane was shot down minutes after it off from the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.
4. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (March 2019)
The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa crashed near the town of Bishoftu six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people aboard. Authorities said more than 30 nationalities were on board the flight.
5. Lion Air Flight 610 (October 2018)
On October 29, 2018, Boeing 737 Max crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International, killing all the 189 people on board. The final report released by the investigators in 2019 pointed to flaws in Boeing’s design of the plane.