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Pilot survives China plane crash, 42 others killed

Henan Airlines Embraer E-190 aircraft overshoots runway in heavy fog.
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A passenger aircraft operated by Henan Airlines has crashed in north-eastern China, with 96 people on board, including five children.

The pilot – named Qi Quanjun, who survived the crash – was attempting to land in heavy fog, but overshot the runway, causing the Embraer E-190 aircraft to break into two pieces and catch fire. He has been transferred to a local hospital, but is unable to speak due to severe face injuries.

"Qi Quanjun is badly injured and under intensive care," a hospital administrator told ABC News. "But his condition is getting better and is not life-threatening."

Reports suggest that 42 people were killed and a further 54 people were injured. Earlier indications stated 43 people had died, but officials have since explained that one body had been torn apart in the crash and miscounted as two.

The plane’s black box was located this morning, stated Xinhua News Agency, although the cause of the crash is still under investigated. Officials say it may be months, or even a year, before a verdict is delivered.

One crash survivor, a middle-aged man lying in a hospital bed, told China Central Television station (CCTV) that turbulence during the plane's descent was very bad. Several heavy jerks caused luggage to fall from the overhead bins.

IN PICS: Aftermath of China plane crash disaster

Pilot survives China plane crash, 42 others killed

A Chinese passenger jet crashed while trying to land on a fog-shrouded runway in the country's northeast and burst into flames, killing 42 people and injuring 54 others, state media said on Wednesday (Video is couresty Associated Press).


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