BEIJING. As of Tuesday morning, no bodies or survivors have been recovered from the China Eastern Airlines plane crash. This was reported by Chinese state media.
A domestic flight on a Boeing 737-800 carrying 132 people crashed on Monday afternoon in the southern region of Guangxi, China’s aviation authorities confirmed.
The cause of the crash is unknown, and there are no reports of casualties.
Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the investigation and rescue teams to go to the crash site in the countryside of the mountainous region.
The missing people aboard the plane have yet to be found at the crash site, state media reported on Tuesday, noting that only the wreckage of the plane has been found so far. Reports say the accident initially started a mountain fire, which has since been extinguished.
Because the plane was made in the US, the US National Transportation Safety Board said it had appointed an investigator for the crash. It was unclear whether the investigation would include a trip to China.
Chicago-based Boeing said in a statement that it is in contact with the US Transportation Safety Board and its technical team is “ready to assist with the China Civil Aviation Authority’s investigation.”
The US Federal Aviation Administration said it was aware of the crash and would assist in the investigation “if asked.”
China Eastern Airlines said it was sending workers to the crash site and opened a hotline for family members. Shares of the company, traded in Hong Kong, briefly fell more than 7% on Tuesday morning.
Boeing shares fell nearly 7% overnight in US trading.