According to a statement by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which was operated by China Eastern Airlines, was traveling from Kunming to Guangzhou when it lost contact at around 2:15 p.m. local time. Just fifteen minutes later, at approximately 2:30 p.m, the plane went down in what has been described as a ‘sudden descent’ in the Chinese city of Wuzhou. The plane had 132 people onboard, including 123 passengers and nine crew members.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and the cause of the crash is not yet known. According to the Associated Press, the aircraft’s black boxes, which contain voice recordings from the cockpit and data from the flight, have not yet been located.
Per PEOPLE, rescuers have found wallets and IDs amid the wreckage. CNN has described the tragedy as China’s “worst air disaster in more than a decade.”
Videos shared online of the accident show the crash causing a mountain fire. The CAAC said it “activated the emergency mechanism” and sent a rescue team to the scene.
The New York Times reported that nearly 1,000 firefighters and 100 other emergency personnel were dispatched to the “heavily wooded” area after the crash caused a mountain fire. According to the CAAC, the emergency mechanism was activated and a rescue team was sent to the scene.
In mourning, the China Eastern Airlines homepage has been made black and white.