State media reports Chinese airliner crash with 133 people on board

State media reports that a Chinese airliner with 133 people on board crashed in the southern province of Guangxi, sparking a mountainside fire

He said rescuers had been dispatched and there was no immediate word on the number of dead and injured.

The twin-engine single-aisle Boeing 737 is one of the world’s most popular aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights.

It was not immediately clear which variant of the 737 was involved in the crash. China Eastern operates several versions of the common aircraft, including the 737-800 and the 737 Max.

The 737 Max version was grounded around the world after two fatal crashes. China’s aviation regulator cleared the aircraft for return to service late last year, making the country the last major market to do so.

China Eastern is one of China’s three major air carriers.

ABC News

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