No survivors found 36 hours later Chinese plane crashes with 132 aboard, rescue ops continue

No survivors have been found after a China Eastern Airlines aircraft carrying 132 passengers crashed in the southern Guangxi province on Monday.

Over a day after a passenger aircraft with 132 people on board crashed in a mountainous area in south China, a Chinese official said on Tuesday that no survivors have been found, official media here reported.’

No survivors have been found so far in Monday’s plane crash, said Sun Shiying, chairman of China Eastern Airlines Yunnan branch.

The announcement of no survivors came as hundreds of rescuers carried out desperate search operations in the mountainous regions where the Boeing 737, on its way from the Chinese city of Kunming to Guangzhou, plunged and crashed.

An all-out search operation for the black boxes of the crashed passenger plane was underway, Sun said in his first media briefing on the plane crash in Nanning, capital of Guangxi province from where most of the rescue operations are being directed.

Contacts have been made with families of all 123 passengers, Sun was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

Based on known information, the authorities do not yet have a clear clue to the cause of the passenger plane crash, an aviation official said.

The cause of the crash cannot be confirmed immediately and the investigation into the cause is difficult, said Zhu Tao, an official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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