Rescuers searching a remote Chinese mountainside on Tuesday discovered charred personal belongings from the wreckage of the China Eastern plane that had mysteriously fallen from the sky – but still no signs of survivors.
Wallets, bank cards and official IDs were among the items found so far near the crash site of China Eastern Flight 5735 in the southern region of Guangxi, China’s state media said.
Small pieces of the Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed near the city of Wuzhou a day earlier were also found scattered across the mountainside.
Search teams used their hands, pickaxes, sniffer dogs and drones to search for survivors on either side of the mountain into which the plane crashed.
Local media and authorities have not announced whether human remains have been found.
The plane had 132 people on board when it plummeted 30,000 feet and burst into a giant fireball, the airline said.
There were no foreigners on board the plane, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s preliminary review.
The size of the debris field had previously made it difficult to locate the plane’s black box, which houses the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.
China’s aviation regulator said on Tuesday that the investigation into the crash would face “very high difficulties” due to the severe damage to the plane.
Rescue workers had previously revealed that Flight 5735 disintegrated on impact.
The plane was flying at 30,000 feet when it suddenly began a nosedive around 2:20 p.m. Monday.
Horrifying footage captured the doomed plane’s freefall to the ground, and the subsequent fiery crash large enough to be seen on NASA satellite imagery.
The flight took off from the city of Kunming and was en route to Guangzhou.
Family members of those on board gathered at Kunming and Guangzhou airports Tuesday, awaiting news from their loved ones.
Chinese officials have already called the crash the country’s worst plane disaster in nearly a decade.
With mail wires
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