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China's Deadly Boeing 737-800 Airliner Crash
Plane reportedly not a troubled 737 MAX
CNN reports that NO survivors of a China Eastern Airlines plane crash have been found after a second day of search efforts, Chinese investigators said late Tuesday.
In China's worst air disaster in more than a decade, the Boeing 737-800 NG (Next Generation) carrying 132 people -- crashed Monday afternoon in a remote, mountainous region in the south of the country as it flew from Kunming to Guangzhou.
According to FlightRadar24, flight MU5735 -- a Boeing 737-800 NG-- was travelling from Kunming to Guangzhou. China Eastern lost contact with the aircraft over the city of Wuzhou.
Video shows the aftermath of the crash
The China Eastern crash comes as Boeing is preparing to re-enter its 737 Max into commercial service in the country. China grounded the Max three years ago after the second of two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in total.
The aircraft involved in Monday’s crash reportedly wasn’t a Boeing Max jet.
The 737-800 NG that crashed Monday in China first flew in June 2015.
The 737NG, or Next Generation is the model Boeing released before the Max. It has one of the best safety records of any aircraft with 11 fatal accidents out of more than 7,000 NG planes that have been delivered to customers since 1997, according to aviation data and consulting firm Cirium.
The last fatal crash involving China Eastern was in 2004, when an airliner bound for Shanghai crashed in Inner Mongolia, killing 53 people on board and two people on the ground.