PM Imran Khan expresses grief over China plane crash

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan said Monday Islamabad shares the grief with Beijing after a China Eastern passenger jet carrying 132 people crashed into a mountain in southern China.

The crash caused a laerge fire shortly after losing contact with air traffic control and dropping thousands of meters in under three minutes.

The Boeing 737-800 flight from the city of Kunming to the southern hub of Guangzhou “lost airborne contact over Wuzhou” in the Guangxi region on Monday afternoon, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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The jet was carrying 123 passengers and nine crew members, according to avaition authorities.

Deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives in the passenger plane crash in China,” the prime minister as the disaster prompted an unusually swift public reaction from Chinese reaction Xi Jinping, who said he was “shocked” and ordered an immediate investigation into the cause.

“We share the grief of our Chinese brothers and sisters and convey our deepest condolences and sympathies with the bereaved familes,” PM Imran Khan said.

China Eastern confirmed there had been deaths in the crash, without providing the number of those killed or giving details on whether there were any survivors.

“The company expresses its deepest condolences for the passengers and the crew members who died in the plane crash,” the airline said in a statement.

The cause of the crash is is “still under investigation,” it added.

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Hundreds of firefighters were dispatched to the scene in Teng county near the city of Wuzhou, state media reported, as nearby villagers rushed to help the recuse effort.

Xi called for “all efforts” towards the rescue and to find out the “cause of the accident as soon as possible,” according to CCTV.

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