Chinese passenger plane overshoots runway, 43 killed

A Chinese jet overshot a fog-shrouded runway in the country`s northeast and burst into flames.

Beijing: A Chinese passenger jet overshot a fog-shrouded runway in the country`s northeast and burst into flames Tuesday, killing 43 people and injuring 53 others, state media said.

The Henan Airlines plane with 96 passengers and crew crashed in Heilongjiang province`s Yichun city, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China Central Television quoted Sun Bangnan, deputy director of the Heilonjiang Public Security Department, as saying that 43 bodies had been recovered and that 53 people were rescued and taken to local hospitals.

Wang Xuemei, vice mayor of Yichun, told CCTV that three of them were in critical condition but gave no details.

The plane, which Xinhua said was Brazilian-made Embraer E-190 jet, had taken off from Heilongjiang`s capital of Harbin shortly before 9 p.m. (1300 GMT) and crashed in heavy fog during landing at the Lindu airport a little more than an hour later.

An official surnamed Qi at the Yichun No. 1 People`s Hospital said 30 people had been brought there for treatment, with most suffering broken bones.

A man who would only give his surname, Wang, at the Yichun Rehabilitation Hospital, which has burn specialists on site, said 10 survivors were transferred there with burn injuries.

Another eight survivors were at the Yichun Forestry Hospital, said a duty officer surnamed Zhou. He said he did not know the nature of their injuries.
There were five children and five crew members on board, Xinhua cited an unnamed official with the Civil Aviation Administration of China as saying. It was not known how many of them survived.

Henan Airlines is based in the central Chinese province of the same name and flies smaller regional jets, mainly on routes in north and northeast China. Previously known as Kunpeng Airlines, the carrier was relaunched as Henan Airlines earlier this year.

-Bureau Report

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