Boeing 737 passenger jet crashes in China with 132 people on board

Flight MU5735 left Kunming at 1:11 p.m. local time (1:11 a.m. ET)

A China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board plunged midflight and crashed in a mountainous area of southern China on Monday

The plane was cruising at 29,100 feet and began a sharp descent after 2:20 p.m., recovering more than 1,000 feet briefly then resuming the dive before it lost contact

It fell more than 25,000 feet in about two minutes lost contac.

China’s Civil Aviation Administration said it sent a team to the Guangxi region.

Investigators will work to recover so-called black boxes that contain cockpit voice recordings and flight data

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was aware of the crash and will assist in the investigation “if asked.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered all-out rescue efforts for the crash, the New York Times reported.