As many as 133 people are feared dead after their plane crashed into a mountainous area and caught fire, Chinese state media have reported.
The passenger jet, described as a Boeing 737, was said to have suffered an unspecified ‘accident’ before hurtling into the ground in a rural part of China’s southern Guangxi region.
Data from flight trackers indicates a China Eastern Airlines flight from Kunming to Guanghzou fell from an altitude of 30,000ft in around a minute and disappeared near the city of Wuzhou, just over 90 minutes after takeoff.
Unverified footage showed a huge plume of smoke rising from a hillside forest.
Rescue teams have been dispatched to search for survivors and battle a ‘mountain fire’ caused by the crash, according to China Central Television.
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