Chinese airliner carrying 132 people crashes in southern China

The Boeing 737 was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming to Guangzhou when it lost contact over the city of Wuzhou.

 On board were 123 passengers and nine crew members, CAAC said in a statement posted online.

China Eastern Airlines later confirmed those details and the number of people on board the aircraft at the time of the crash.

"China Eastern Airlines has activated the emergency mechanism, dispatched a working group to the scene,

opened a special line for emergency assistance to family members," the airline continued in a statement on its Weibo account.

There were no immediate details on the possible cause of the crash.

Boeing said in a statement it was "aware of the initial media reports and working to gather more information."

Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed the country's emergency services to "organize a search and rescue" operation

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