A China Eastern Airlines plane carrying 133 people on board has crashed in the mountainous region of Guangxi province, leading to a fire outbreak in the woods, state media is reporting.

The jet involved in the accident was a Boeing 737 aircraft and the number of casualties was not immediately known, CCTV said. Rescue was on its way, it said.

Flight MU5735 was scheduled to leave Kunming at 13:15 local time (05:15 GMT) and was en route to Guangzhou.

Rescue crews have been deployed to the area, CCTV reported.

The plane had crashed near Teng county in Wuzhou province. Guangxi is a southern province neighbouring Guangzhou, a major city in the south-east.

Flight trackers like FlightRadar24 show the location of the plane as “unknown”.

More details to follow.

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