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An emergency search and rescue operation is in full swing following a plane carrying 132 people crashing into a mountainous area in south China, sparking a forest fire visible from space.

Chinese state media reported China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735, a Boeing 737-800, was flying a domestic route from the city of Kunming to Guangzhou when it crashed on a hill in Guangxi province, in the country’s worst air disaster in nearly a decade.

Reports said rescue teams had arrived at the site of the crash, which was ablaze, but the number of casualties was unclear.

The airline said it deeply mourned the passengers and crew, without specifying how many people had been killed.

Chinese plane crash video: Watch moment China Eastern crashed and caught fire

As teams are being rushed to the site where a China Eastern Airlines plane crashed in China’s Guangxi region, several videos have emerged on social media showing the final minutes of the plane crash.


According to officials, the passenger jet carrying 132 people crashed onto a mountainside shortly after losing contact with air traffic control.