Many killed in China air crash

State media said 43 people died and 53 were rescued.

    The E-190 jet, seen here in Henan Airlines livery,
     is made by
    Brazil's Embraer [Reuters]

    "There was a fire which raged for an hour and half after this crash... It was a very bad fire."

    State media said that the plane crashed about a kilometre from the runway in foggy weather.

    The plane had taken off from Heilongjiang's capital of Harbin shortly before 9:00pm [13:00 GMT].

    The aircraft was an E-190 jet manufactured by Embraer, the Brazilian aerospace conglomerate.

    The last major passenger jet crash in China was in November 2004, when an China Eastern airplane plunged into a lake in northern China shortly, killing all 53 on board and two on the ground.

    An MD-11 cargo plane operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation crashed during takeoff from Shanghai's main airport last November. Three American crew members died while four others on board were injured.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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