The Department is ready to assist in the investigation if there is a request from the Chinese side.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ready to assist in the investigation of the Boeing 737 plane crash in China, if a corresponding request is received. This is stated in the statement of the department posted on its Twitter page on Monday.

“The Federal Aviation Administration is aware of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 of China Eastern Airlines this morning in China. The Department is ready to assist in the investigation if there is such a request,” the FAA said.

A passenger Boeing 737 of China Eastern Airlines, carrying 132 people, crashed during a flight from Kunming (southwestern Yunnan Province) to Guangzhou (southern Guangdong Province). The crash site is located in a mountainous area in the Wuzhou City District of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The aircraft has been in operation since 2015. As reported by the Chinese newspaper Huanqiu Shibao with reference to an expert, the cause of the disaster could be an engine failure.