Bodies Of 42 Passengers Killed In China Plane Crash Recovered

Beijing: Bodies of 42 passengers killed in China's plane crash were recovered from the wreckage of the Chinese passenger plane, that overshot the runway at an airport in northwest China's Heilongjiang Province. Forty nine survivors
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PTI 25 Aug 2010, 09:50 AM IST
Beijing: Bodies of 42 passengers killed in China's plane crash were recovered from the wreckage of the Chinese passenger plane, that overshot the runway at an airport in northwest China's Heilongjiang Province.

Forty nine survivors who managed to escape the plane before it exploded were admitted to various hospitals for treatment, state run Xinhua newsagency quoted officials as saying.

The E-190 jet, manufactured by the Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer, crashed while landing near the runaway of the airport of Yichun City at 9:36 pm on Tuesday night.

Ninety-one passengers, including five children, and five crew members boarded the plane operated by the state run Henan Airlines, officials with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.

The plane which left the provincial capital Harbin at about 8:51 pm landed in thick fog and was engulfed in blaze followed by explosion after it crash landed according to some of the surviving passengers.

Most of the injured were being treated for various external injuries, which were not life threatening, doctors said.

Some of the survivors of the crash told state television that the plane experienced violent jerks while landing.

The jerks were so severe that the luggage from the overhead compartments started falling down.

Most of the survivors managed to escape through the front exit which was opened before it caught fire and exploded.

The captain of the turbine jet was alive and recuperating in a local hospital, Xinhua reported.

But Capt Qi Quanjun, lying on a hospital bed with tubes tucked around his body appeared traumatised and was unable to talk to the media.

 It appeared that Qi could understand the questions, but he had difficulties in talking due to severe face injuries, doctors said.

Meanwhile, the airport was enveloped with thick fog.

Family members of the passengers were seen waiting anxiously at an open ground as the bodies of those killed were being shifted out of wreckage.

The jet broke into two pieces before it smashed into the ground and exploded at about 9:36 pm yesterday, local officials said. PTI

 
   
 

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