42 dead in Northeast China plane crash
Posted by Author on August 25, 2010
BEIJING — A Chinese airliner crashed and burst into flames while attempting to land in northeast China, killing 42 people on board, state media reported on Wednesday.
The Henan Airlines plane broke into two pieces late Tuesday before it smashed into the ground while trying to touch down at an airport in the city of Yichun in remote Heilongjiang province, the official Xinhua news agency said.
There were 91 passengers, including five children, and five crew on board, Xinhua said, citing a source at the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
More than 40 bodies had been found, Xinhua said, and the rest on board had been rushed to hospital.
Some passengers were thrown out of the cabin before the turbine jet hit the ground.
The crash occurred shortly after 9:30 pm (1330 GMT) near Yichun’s Lindu airport, around 40 minutes after the plane took off from Harbin, the provincial capital.
Rescue crews at the crash site were seen putting victims’ remains in body bags, Xinhua reported, while the charred wreckage of the plane, which came to rest two kilometres (a mile) from the runway, remained cordoned off.
Anxious relatives waited on open ground near the airport, Xinhua said, but dense fog was hampering the rescue effort.
Books, rubbish and cabin debris was scattered across the muddy crash site…….(more details from AFP)
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