A China Eastern Corp. Boeing Co. 737-800NG plane crashes in China’s southwestern province of Guangxi, according to a tweet by Aviation Safety Network on Monday.
- The Civil Aviation Administration of China confirmed that there were 123 passengers and nine crew members on board.
- China Eastern lost any contact with the aircraft over the city of Wuzhou. The regulator stated that it started an emergency response and has dispatched a working group to the scene.
- The China Eastern accident came at a difficult period for Boeing, which was starting to prepare for the re-entry of its 737 Max into commercial service in the country.
- China was the first major aviation industry to stop the Max three years ago after a second fatal crash killed 346 people.
Boeing’s plan to bolster production depends on restarting deliveries to China. The aircraft involved in the crash was not a new-generation Boeing Max aircraft. BA: NYSE down -6.20%