Another Boeing 737 Crashes In China With Low Hope Of Survivors
China–The crash of the Boeing 737 aircraft of China Eastern Airlines, has left the Chinese President Xi Jinping “shocked” prompting him to order a an “all-out search” and rescue efforts.
The passenger plane had 132 people aboard when it crashed while flying from Kunming to Guangzhou. It crashed in Tengxian County in the city of Wuzhou in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, causing a mountain fire. He said swift action should be taken to identify the cause of the crash and to strengthen the safety overhaul of the civil aviation sector to ensure the absolute safety of the sector and people’s lives.
State-run CGTN reported that the first rescue team has reached the crash site in the remote mountains. Meanwhile, China Eastern Airlines changed the colour of its website to black as it prepared to announce the casualties in the crash. Of the 132, nine were crew members. But the airlines still adopted a black and white theme on its website to show solidarity towards the catastrophic crash. This is not the first time that a Boeing 737 has crashed. After the crash, while India has placed its aircrafts on high surveillance, China Eastern Airlines — one of China’s three major air carriers — has grounded all of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Boeing 737 Max aircraft is an advanced version of Boeing 737-800 and both belong to the 737 series. The US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing did not respond to PTI’s request for a statement on the matter. Two Boeing 737 Max aircraft were involved in accidents in the six-month period between October 2018 and March 2019, killing a total of 346 people. Following these two accidents, the DGCA had banned Boeing 737 Max planes in India in March 2019. As rescue operations are in progress, the hope of really finding any survivors looks bleak at the moment.