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Chinese Airline Crash Kills At Least 43 At Yichun Airport

A cell phone photo released by China's Xinhua news agency shoes rescuers at the plane crash site at an airport in northeast China, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Li Guangfu/Xinhua hide caption

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Li Guangfu/Xinhua

A Chinese airliner crash in northeast China has left at least 43 dead, according to news reports.

The crash of the Henan Airlines plane with 96 aboard occurred in Yichun City in Heilongjiang Province when the airplane, an Brazilian made Embraer E-190, overshot the runway on landing. The flight originated in the city of Harbin.


Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported:

HARBIN, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — The bodies of 43 passengers were recovered from the wreckage of a crashed passenger plane in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province late Tuesday, a local publicity official told Xinhua early Wednesday.

Another 53 injured passengers have been hospitalized, said Hua Jingwei, head of the publicity department of the Yichun city committee of the Communist Party of China.

In a separate report, Xinhua reported more details:

The ill-fated aircraft of Henan Airlines crashed at the airport of Yichun City, Heilongjiang Province, at 9:36 pm Tuesday. There were 91 passengers, including five children, and five crew members on board, the CAAC source said.

A 20-men strong team of CAAC officials and technicians are leaving for Yichun to participate in the rescue and investigation.

The plane left the provincial capital Harbin at about 8:51 pm.

The jet was engulfed in blaze after it crashed. A heavy fog blanketed the airport.