Singapore ‘saddened’ by China Eastern Airlines crash, reaches out to locals

A China Eastern Airlines plane. Photo: Juli_si_627/I​​nstagram
A China Eastern Airlines plane. Photo: Juli_si_627/I​​nstagram

Singapore is in contact with the Chinese authorities about the Guangxi plane crash and has reached out to Singaporeans there. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this morning it was “saddened” to hear about the China Eastern Airlines flight that crashed and burned yesterday in the mountains of China’s southern Guangxi region. 

The MU 5735 flight had 132 people on board headed for Guangzhou from Kunming. Close to 1,000 rescuers were dispatched to the site but no survivors have been found.

“We understand that search and rescue operations are ongoing.  We offer our support to the Chinese government in their efforts, and express our condolences to the families of the passengers and crew on board the flight,” it wrote.

The ministry added that it has reached out to Singaporeans in the Yunnan and Guangzhou areas to offer assistance. Also, there were no reports of Singaporeans on the flight.

The plane was reportedly cruising at a steady altitude of 29,1000 feet at 2:20pm but drastically dropped to 9,075 feet and to 3,225 feet minutes later. Weather conditions were partly cloudy with good visibility at the time of the crash.

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