China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 crashed en route from Kunming to Guangzhou with 132 souls on board today.

The aircraft is a B737-8 that was first delivered in 2015 and built-in Renton Washington. It is not a 737 MAX aircraft. The flight profile shows an uncontrolled descent from cruise altitude to loss of contact in two minutes.

The video footage from a close circuit camera of a nearby mining company shows the airplane in a high-speed vertical dive. The zoomed-in picture taken from the video shows the airplane in a nose-down attitude and shedding parts in-flight. The viewer in this video remarks in Cantonese that it looks like it came straight down.

Footage of the accident flight seems to support some inflight breakup as there are intact pieces of debris circling the main impact area.

However, the main MU5735 crash site shows very little sign of the 737 which impacted the mountains in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Considering that China flies more 737s than every country of Europe combined, it has had a remarkably safe history of operations over the last 20 years. The last major accident was 12 years ago by a regional airline. China Eastern is the second-largest carrier in China and operates flights to 100+ countries in the world.

ALG will be updating this post as more information is obtained about the accident.