CHINA: Henan Airlines apologise for plane crash that killed 42 people and injured 54 othersRecord ID: 383772
- Title: CHINA: Henan Airlines apologise for plane crash that killed 42 people and injured 54 others
- Date: 27th August 2010
- Summary: YICHUN CITY, HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (AUGUST 26, 2010) (REUTERS) ***CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** OFFICIALS WALKING IN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE CAMERA CREWS FILMING VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS PAYING A SILENT TRIBUTE JOURNALIST TAKING NOTES LIU PENG, CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE HENAN AIRLINES BOWING AND SITTING DOWN LIU'S FACE NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) LIU PENG, CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE HENAN AIRLINES SAYING AND BOWING: "Again, I would like to express our deepest grief and sorrow for the death of the victims and our condolences to the their families and the injured passengers on behalf of the Henan Airlines. I apologise to the whole of society. Thank you."
- Reuters ID: LVA6M9KCUJUTUHZISZL005B8BZJU
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Duration: 00:01:07
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Transport
- Story Text: A senior official from the Henan Airlines apologised on Thursday (August 26) after one of its planes crashed in northeast China, killing 42 people on board in the country's worst air disaster since 2004.
A passenger plane of the Henan Airlines overshot a runway while landing at a new airport in Yichun, a remote city of one million in Heilongjiang province late on Tuesday (August 24).
There were 91 passengers, including five children, as well five crew members on board the ERJ-190, built by Brazil's Embraer, official Xinhua news agency said.
The passengers appeared to be mainland Chinese, except for one person from Taiwan.
Seven of the 54 survivors were severely injured, it said.
A group of officials from the airlines along with local government and China's Civil Aviation Administration, paid a silent tribute to the victims at the beginning of a news conference.
Liu Hang, chairman of the board of supervisors of the Henan Airlines, bowed and said his company was sorry.
"Again, I would like to express our deepest grief and sorrow for the death of the victims and our condolences to the their families and the injured passengers on behalf of the Henan Airlines. I apologise to the whole of society. Thank you," he said.
Fifteen survivors who had suffered serious injuries, were transferred to the provincial capital Harbin on Thursday (August 26) to get better treatment, state television CCTV showed.
Technicians from Embraer, the world's largest maker of regional jets, flew on Tuesday (August 24) to China to investigate the crash, and the black boxes of the crashed plane had been collected, it said.
Embraer shares tumbled 3.9 percent to 10.42 reais in Sao Paulo.
Henan Airlines is a small regional carrier controlled by Shenzhen Airlines, itself part-owned by Air China. The airline is based in Henan, a poor province in central China, and recently changed its name from Kunpeng Airlines.
The number of airline passengers in China grew from 67.2 million trips in 2000 to 230.5 million in 2009, according to government statistics.
China's last major civilian airplane crash was in 2004, when a CRJ200 operated by China Eastern Airlines crashed into a frozen lake in northern Inner Mongolia shortly after take-off, killing more than 50 people.
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