A China Eastern passenger plane that crashed into the mountains today with 132 people on board is seen diving straight into the ground in terrifying footage captured by a security camera.
The video was caught by a local mining company’s security camera, according to reports.
The Boeing 737 aircraft was flying from Kunming city to Guangzhou when it “lost airborne contact over Wuzhou” city in the Guangxi region, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The plane crashed in Teng county near Wuzhou and caused a mountain fire. Rescue workers have found no signs of any survivors, according to reports.
Flight Mu5735, in its final seconds, was seen in a nosedive at a great speed before it crashed into the mountains.
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Flight tracker FlightRadar24 showed that the plane had sharply dropped from an altitude of 29,100 feet to 9,075 feet in 2.15 minutes. In another 20 seconds, its altitude was 3,225 feet, before flight information stopped.
This decline in altitude, from cruising to landing, usually takes about 30 minutes.
Worries about a plane crash started when local media reported that China Eastern flight MU5735 had not arrived as planned in Guangzhou after taking off from Kunming a little after 1:00 pm.
FlightRadar24 showed no more data for MU5735 after 2:22 pm local time, when it had reached Wuzhou.
A villager was quoted by AFP as telling a local site that the plane had “completely fallen apart” and he had seen nearby forest areas destroyed by a fire.