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Chinese Airliner Crashes, at Least 42 Dead


Chinese state media say 42 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a plane that overshot its runway and burst into flames in the northeast of the country.

Xinhua news agency quotes officials as saying 49 others were rescued and taken to a hospital. Three people were said to be seriously injured.

Reports say the Henan Airlines plane had been attempting to land in thick fog at an airport at Yichun City in Heilongjiang province.

The plane took off before 9 p.m. Tuesday local time from Harbin city and crashed a little more than an hour later.

Xinjhua says the plane was carrying 91 passengers and five crew, but other reports say there were a total of 91 on board. The agency says the plane also carried five children. It did not say whether they survived.

The plane was identified as an E-190 manufactured by Brazilian conglomerate Embraer. Depending on how the seats are configured, the plane can carry 98 to 114 passengers.

Henan Airlines is a regional carrier based in northern China. It was launched in 2007 as a joint enterprise between Shenzhen Airlines of China and U.S.-based Mesa Air Group.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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