No reports of bodies or survivors yet

BEIJING — No bodies or survivors have yet been found in the China Eastern Airlines crash on Tuesday morning, Chinese state media said.

The domestic flight of a Boeing 737-800, carrying 132 people, nosedived Monday afternoon in the southern region of Guangxi, the Chinese aviation authority confirmed.

The cause of the crash remains unknown and no fatalities have been confirmed.

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered an investigation and rescue teams to the scene of the accident in the rural and mountainous region.

Those missing on board the plane have not yet been found at the crash site, state media said on Tuesday, noting that only plane wreckage has been found so far. The accident initially caused a mountain fire, which has since been extinguished, according to reports.

As the plane was an American-made aircraft, the US National Transportation Safety Board said it had appointed an investigator for the accident. It was unclear whether the investigation would include a trip to China.

Chicago-based Boeing said in a statement it was in contact with the U.S. Transportation Safety Board and its technical team was “standby to assist with the Civil Aviation Administration’s investigation. of China”.

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 dispatching workers to the crash site and had 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 U.S. trading.

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