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Old July 30th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #241
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Crashes by Singapore Carriers:

SilkAir Flight 185
Year:1997
Route:Jakarta to Singapore

The flight plunged into Indonesia's Musi river killing all 97 passangers and 7 crew on board.
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Singapore Airlines Flight 006

Year:2000
Route:Los Angeles to Singapore via Taipei

Pilot attempts to take off from wrong runway in Taipei during Typhoon killing 83 of the 179 occupants.
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Rains delay salvage of crashed Pakistan plane

ISLAMABAD, July 29 (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Islamabad on Thursday hampered recovery efforts at the site of a Pakistani plane crash that killed all 152 people on board a day earlier, a senior police officer said.

The Airbus 321, belonging to private airline AirBlue, crashed on Wednesday into a steep and heavily-wooded hillside in Islamabad shortly before it was due to land after a flight from the southern port city of Karachi.

Thick fog and rainy weather are considered the most likely reasons for the worst aviation accident on Pakistani soil.

Bin Yameen, deputy inspector-general with the Islamabad police, told Reuters the operation to recover the remains of victims could not be resumed due to the heavy rain. Difficulty in accessing the site was also complicating salvage efforts.

"We are waiting for the rain to stop. In such weather, neither helicopters can fly nor rescue workers move up easily.

"We may give it a try but it seems very difficult to carry out such operation in difficult terrain," he said.

Investigators were looking into causes of the crash, said senior Civil Aviation Administration officer Ayaz Jadoon.

"They're going through records and documents, though they couldn't go up because of bad weather," he said, adding the plane's flight data recorder has yet to be recovered.

EVIDENCE WASHING AWAY

The control tower at the airport was sealed off, and radio traffic between the plane and the tower was being examined.

The torrential rain may also damage, or wash away, evidence at the site.

"Time is very precious," the investigation team's head, Khawaja Abdul Majeed, told Dawn News television after arriving in Islamabad late Wednesday from Karachi.

"We have to collect evidence as soon as possible, so we don't have much time."

While Wednesday's crash is the worst aviation accident inside Pakistan, the state-owned airline PIA has had worse disasters. In 1979 and 1992, PIA jets crashed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Kathmandu, Nepal, killing 156 and 167 people, respectively.

Within Pakistan, the last major aviation accident was in 2006 when a PIA plane crashed near the central city of Multan killing 45 people.

The federal information minister said late on Wednesday rescue workers had been able to recover 115 bodies during a day-long operation at the hard-to-access site.

Some relatives gathered at the city's main Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital to identify bodies.

A hospital official, Tahir Nadeem, said 59 bodies had been identified and taken away by their relatives while the remaining bodies -- mostly in pieces -- have been sent to the morgue.

The government declared a day of mourning on Thursday for the victims.

"My heart and mind are not ready to believe that he has died. I'm still hoping he might call me anytime," civil engineer Nadeem Ahmed told Reuters, as he searched among the bodies at the hospital for his brother. Ahmed did not find his brother's body.

Sarfraz Chaudhry, a retired soldier, was hoping to find body of his sister, Gulzar Bibi, who was one of eight family members on the ill-fated plane.

"She was coming here to attend a funeral of a 90-year-old relative, but nobody knew that she and others would have their last day," he said.

"We have identified six of our dead relatives, but of my sister and one other, we are still searching and hope that we find them."
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Old July 31st, 2010, 05:53 PM   #243
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Black box of crashed plane found: DG CAA

ISLAMABAD: Director General Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said the black box of Air Blue’s flight ED 202 which crashed on Thursday in Margalla Hills has been recovered from the crash site.

Talking to Geo News, DG CAA Junaid Ameen said cockpit voice recorder and black box of crashed have been recovered from Margalla Hills. The black box will be send to France or Germany to retrieve the data. The truth will be unveil for public at the conclusion of the investigations, he added

There were 152 people on board the ill-fated plane, which crashed just as it was getting ready to land in Islamabad. All passengers and crew on board were killed.

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Old August 4th, 2010, 07:08 PM   #244
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An Antonov 24 passenger plane crashes on final approach to Igarka Airport (IAA)

An Antonov 24 passenger plane crashed while on final approach to Igarka Airport (IAA). Flight KTK-57 had originated at Krasnoyarsk Airport (KJA) for the three hour and ten minutes flight to Igarka. Eleven occupants were killed in the accident.

Weather reported about the time of the accident (01:40 local time; 21:40 Moscow time; 17:40 UTC) was:
UOII 021800Z 17002MPS 1500 BR OVC006 15/13 Q0998 NOSIG RMK QFE746 12////55
18:00 UTC: wind 170 degrees at 2 m/s; Visibility 1500 m; Ceiling 600 ft.overcast; Temperature 15°C, Dew point 13°C; 998 hPa

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Plane accident scare at Zimbabwe's Harare airport

There have been chaotic scenes at Zimbabwe's Harare International Airport after a safety drill was mistaken for a real plane accident.

The BBC's Brian Hungwe, at the airport, says he saw a large plume of smoke and helicopters over the runway.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Authority head had confirmed to reporters that a plane had been involved in an accident.

But an aviation spokeswoman later told the BBC it was a drill, and that distressed "relatives" were "actors".

Correspondents say it seemed that not many people were informed of the safety drill.

Witnesses reported seeing several ambulances heading towards the airport.

David Chawota, Zimbabwe's Civil Aviation Authority head, then began fielding phone calls about the incident.

"I can confirm that a 767 plane coming from London has had an accident at Harare airport," he told AFP news agency.

He told Reuters: "I can confirm there has been an accident, but I cannot give details right now. I am not at the site, but there are just injuries, no deaths."

But at a press conference at the airport later, he said this was part of the plan.

"Telling the media was part of the exercise. We wanted to see how the media would react," AP news agency quoted him as saying.

"In the event, the drill was a success because all our systems worked perfectly," he said.

"Police, security and hospital staff reacted swiftly."

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(CNN) -- It's too early to say whether former Sen. Ted Stevens and the four others who died in an Alaskan plane crash initially survived but eventually succumbed while waiting to be rescued, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board told CNN Wednesday.

"We don't know that information at this point," Deborah Hersman told CNN's "American Morning." "It's going to be up to the medical examiner to determine the cause of death." Autopsies on the victims are expected to be completed by the end of the day Wednesday.

The plane flew into the side of a mountain in remote southern Alaska Monday night, authorities said. Brutal terrain and bad weather kept survivors waiting 12 hours for rescue after the crash, officials and witnesses said. The accident left five people dead and four others injured.

Hersman said the investigation into the cause of the crash is "in the very early stages" and teams have been systematically gleaning detail from interviews with first responders.

"We're really putting a lot of the factual information together right now," Hersman said. "We're certainly looking at weather but everything is on the table right now and we haven't ruled anything out."

She said investigators talked to a physician who spent the night on the hillside with survivors and also spoke to emergency responders as they try to determine what happened leading up to the accident.

They plan to interview guests and employees at the lodge from which the people on the plane departed, and speak to people who communicated with those on board the flight, Hersman said. They haven't yet talked to the four survivors, who may owe their lives to the fact that "there was no post-crash fire," she added.

"Right now our first priority is to make sure that they get the medical attention that they need and certainly we'd like to talk to them," Hersman said. "They'll be able to give us a good picture."

The Alaska Department of Public Safety identified the dead as Stevens, of Anchorage, Alaska; pilot Theron "Terry" Smith, 62, of Eagle River, Alaska; lobbyist William "Bill" Phillips Sr., of the Washington, D.C., area; GCI executive Dana Tindall, 48, of Anchorage, Alaska; and her daughter Corey Tindall, 16, of Anchorage, Alaska. The bodies have been recovered and sent to Anchorage.

Injured were William "Willy" Phillips Jr., 13, the son of Bill Phillips Sr.; Sean O'Keefe, 54; his son, Kevin O'Keefe; and lobbyist Jim Morhard, of Alexandria, Virginia. Sean O'Keefe is the former head of NASA.

The aircraft, which was taking the group on a fishing trip, crashed around 7 p.m. Monday about 17 miles north of Dillingham in the southwestern area of the state, authorities said. The region, near the Bering Sea southwest of Anchorage, is rugged terrain surrounded by mountains.

When the nine people on board had not arrived at a camp on time, the search began. The pilot was not required to file a flight plan, authorities said.

Pilots flying over the crash site said the amphibious DeHavilland DHC-Z3T Otter flew into the side of the mountain, which has a 40-degree slope. The pilots didn't think anyone on board could have survived such an accident.

The area was so rough and rocky that rescuers airlifted in a physician with a satellite phone, and the doctor had to hike 1,000 feet to reach the site, Hersman said Tuesday.

Five volunteers, including some with medical training, assisted and stabilized the survivors overnight, officials said. One of the survivors was outside the fuselage when the doctor arrived.

Eric Shade, one of the pilots who found the wreckage, said the plane appeared to have traveled at least 100 feet from the point of impact.

"It was pretty smashed," Shade said. "The wings were laying behind the fuselage on each side. I couldn't see the floats; the floats were underneath it. I couldn't see anything in the front of the airplane. From the window forward ... everything was gone."

Shade said the doomed pilot's path didn't appear to make sense, given the location.

"When you're flying down low, into stuff like this, you're flying in the hills -- in between the hills. You have to know where they're at," Shade said. "He flew into the side of the mountain. I have no idea how he got there."


Kristopher Abel, an Alaska Air National Guard senior airman who arrived over the crash site by helicopter to aid in the rescue effort, described the scene as a "jumbled mess."

"The volunteers who'd gotten there, spent the night there, were frazzled. They were dirty and wet and tired themselves. They had been treating these guys overnight."

Abel told CNN the fuselage of the plane was "surprisingly intact." It was where "all but one of the survivors and everybody else were located," he added.

Jonathan Davis, another senior airman with the Alaska Air National Guard, said one of the younger survivors was able to leave the plane and "spent the night under the wing" in what he described as a stark crash scene.

"There was a scar on the hillside where it (the plane) impacted and skidded up the hill. That was probably about 75 yards long. As we approached the aircraft, you could smell the fuel. The wings were swept back. The engine compartment of the plane had broken off or buried itself into the ground."

Because of its vast size, air travel is common in Alaska, often through perilous weather.

"Planes have crashed up here since people started flying up here. People are going to continue to fly. The weather's going to continue to be difficult," Davis said.

Ted Stevens expressed his own fears about Alaskan air travel after a 1978 crash that killed his first wife and four others.

"Plane crashes are the occupational hazard of Alaska politics," Stevens told The Washington Post in 1979. The Post added, "He said he often felt as if one's number had to come up eventually, and even though he had been a fighter pilot in World War II, the prospect of flying around in his campaign frightened him."

In 1972, House Majority Leader Hale Boggs and U.S. Rep. Nick Begich were traveling in a plane that is thought to have crashed in Alaska. It was never found.

Nick Begich was the father of one of Alaska's current U.S. senators, Mark Begich.

Stevens, 86, was remembered Tuesday as a "lion who retreated before nothing" and for being a guiding light in the formation of the country's 49th state. He was the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate's history and a champion for Alaska.

Stevens earned the nickname "Uncle Ted" and a reputation as one of the most effective of all pork-barrel lawmakers, a senator who funneled billions of federal dollars to his home state.

His footprint can be seen all over Alaska. In Anchorage, where most people fly into the state, a large sign proclaims "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport."
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Azerbaijan Airlines A319 damaged in Istanbul incident

Investigators are attending the scene of a runway incident at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in which an Azerbaijan Airlines Airbus A319 has been damaged.

Images from the scene show that the twin-engined aircraft appears to have suffered the loss of its nose-gear in the event. It has come to rest near a fence, with its forward fuselage in contact with the ground.

The images also show that the nose of the jet carries the name 'Guba', identifying it as serial number 2588, registered 4K-AZ04.

Flightglobal's ACAS database shows that this A319 is a five-year old airframe fitted with CFM International CFM56 engines.

Circumstances of the event are unclear.

Turkish media state that the aircraft was operating as flight J2075, from Baku, and was transporting 121 passengers and seven crew. No injuries are reported.





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Colombian airliner crashes during storm, one dead
16 August 2010

BOGOTA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A Colombian passenger jet operated by local airline Aires crashed while landing on San Andres island on Monday during a storm, injuring 114 passengers while one died of a heart attack, local authorities said.

The Boeing 737 carrying 121 passengers and six crew members was arriving on the Caribbean resort island when it crashed short of the runway. Lightning and heavy winds were reported.

"The plane arriving from Bogota landed in the middle of an intense electrical storm," Colonel Gustavo Barrero of the Colombia Air Force told reporters.

The injured were taken to local hospitals.

"The captain of the airliner (pilot) told us it was struck by lighting. We are inspecting the remains of the plane to try to establish what the damages were and what caused the accident," said Donald Tascon, deputy director of Colombia's aeronautics authority.

The plane's fuselage broke into three parts. The island's airport was closed to allow the investigation to proceed.

Medics on the scene told El Tiempo newspaper that passenger Amar Fernandez de Barretos suffered a heart attack just after the accident and died on her way to the hospital.

Airline Aires is privately owned.
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BOGOTA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A Colombian passenger jet operated by local airline Aires crashed while landing on San Andres island on Monday during a storm, injuring 114 passengers while one died of a heart attack, local authorities said.

The Boeing 737 carrying 121 passengers and six crew members was arriving on the Caribbean resort island when it crashed short of the runway. Lightning and heavy winds were reported.

"The plane arriving from Bogota landed in the middle of an intense electrical storm," Colonel Gustavo Barrero of the Colombia Air Force told reporters.

The injured were taken to local hospitals.

"The captain of the airliner (pilot) told us it was struck by lighting. We are inspecting the remains of the plane to try to establish what the damages were and what caused the accident," said Donald Tascon, deputy director of Colombia's aeronautics authority.

The plane's fuselage broke into three parts. The island's airport was closed to allow the investigation to proceed.

Medics on the scene told El Tiempo newspaper that passenger Amar Fernandez de Barretos suffered a heart attack just after the accident and died on her way to the hospital.

Airline Aires is privately owned.




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why would a pilot "land in an intense electric storm"?
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why would a pilot "land in an intense electric storm"?
The investigations will reveal it soon,

By now, this one was the 737-NG

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Accident: Aires B737 at San Andres Island on Aug 16th 2010, landed short of runway and broke up

An Aires Boeing 737-700, registration HK-4682 performing flight 4C-8250 from Bogota to San Andres Island (Colombia) with 125 passengers and 6 crew, touched down short of runway 06 and broke up in three parts while landing at San Andres Island Airport at 01:49L (06:49Z). One passenger was killed, 34 passengers received injuries of varying degrees. All survivors were taken to a local hospital for treatment or checks.

Local hospitals reported, that 4 survivors needed surgery, some survivors are still in critical condition. The deceased female passenger (68) had received injuries in the accident, but suffered a cardiac arrest and died while being transported to the hospital.

The airline initially reported 121 passengers and 6 crew (127 people) on board, later released a passenger list containing 125 passenger names (including 4 lap children) and 6 crew (131 people on board). Four of the passengers underwent surgeries with 3 of them being "safe", another passenger is listed with "guarded prognosis".

San Andres Island Police reported, that the airplane was struck by lightning just as it flared and touched down. Police reported 121 passengers, 4 lap children and 6 crew (131 people) on board.

Colombia Air Force said, the airplane attempted to land in the middle of a powerful thunderstorm but touched down before the threshold of runway 06.

National Police said, parts of the airplane are scattered over 600 meters (2000 feet) of the runway.

Colombia's CAA confirmed the accident but did not have any details. At the time of the accident the visibility was reported at 4000 meters (13000 feet), rain and winds around 15 knots, there were thunderstorms in the area.

Colombia's CAA said in the evening (local San Andres Island time), that the airplane was struck by lightning about 80 meters ahead of the threshold of the runway.

San Andres Island's runway 06/24 is 2380 meters/7800 feet long and 36 meters/120 feet wide. The airport features VOR/DME and RNAV approaches to both runway ends as well as a NDB approach to runway 06.

Metars:
SKSP 161200Z 00000KT 9999 FEW013 SCT080 BKN200 26/24 A2987 RETSRA
SKSP 161100Z 00000KT 9999 FEW013CB SCT080 27/25 A2985 RMK LTNG/CB/E
SKSP 160500Z 07006KT 9999 FEW016 SCT200 29/26 A2990
SKSP 160400Z VRB02KT 9999 BKN016TCU SCT200 29/26 A2991
SKSP 160400Z VRB02KT 9999 BKN016 TCU SCT200 29/26 A2991
SKSP 160300Z 06003KT 9999 FEW016 BKN200 29/26 A2989
SKSP 160200Z 06003KT 9999 FEW016 BKN200 29/26 A2988
SKSP 160100Z 07004KT 9999 FEW018 SCT200 29/25 A2986



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HK-4682 on the runway (Photos: AP/Periodico El Isleno, Richard Garcia):





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Not a civil aircraft, but intriguing nonetheless.

What appears to be a North Korean MIG-15 has crashed in Liaoning, China. The Chinese government has confirmed that it was a defection attempt, and the plane may have been shot down by China.

More pictures here: http://hnhanya.blog.hexun.com/55583731_d.html
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Foreigners among 14 killed in Nepal plane crash
24 August 2010

KATHMANDU, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Fourteen people -- including four Americans, a Japanese and British national -- were killed when their small plane crashed in bad weather in Nepal on Tuesday, an airport official said.

The Agni Air plane, returning to Kathmandu after failing to land in Lukla in eastern Nepal because of bad weather, crashed near the outskirts of the capital, Home (interior) Ministry official Jai Mukunda Khanal said.

Lukla is the gateway to Mount Everest.

"Rescuers are on the spot. Yes, we can confirm that all 14 on board the plane are dead," Kathmandu airport official Tri Ratna Manandhar told Reuters.

"Rescuers are waiting at the crash site to bring the bodies back to Kathmandu. But the work is hampered due to heavy rains," Manandhar said.

Laxman Bhattarai, a spokesman for Nepal's Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry, said the government had formed an investigation commission to probe the cause of the crash and asked it to report within 65 days.

The U.S. embassy in Kathmandu confirmed the death of its nationals and said it was ready to assist Nepal as needed.

The plane, a German-made Dornier, had five Nepali passengers and a crew of three.

Local television channels said the plane had broken into pieces.

Eighteen people, 12 of them Germans, were killed when a small plane crashed two years ago in Lukla.
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A Henan airlines Embraer ERJ-190 crashed in harbin, China killing 42 passengers 49 managed to survive!!!!! R.I.P. to the victims
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Safety concerns have been raised about runway where Chinese passenger jet crashed, killing 42
25 August 2010

YICHUN, China (AP) - At least one airline had questioned the safety of nighttime landings at the relatively new airport in northeast China where a passenger jet crashed and burned while trying to land at night on a fog-shrouded runway, killing 42 people and injuring 54.

The Henan Airlines plane crashed late Tuesday in a grassy area near the Lindu airport in the Heilongjiang province city of Yichun. Survivors among the 96 passengers and crew described scenes of horror, with luggage falling down and escapes through flames and broken holes in the fuselage.

It was China's first major commercial air disaster in nearly six years. The plane's two black boxes were recovered Wednesday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, but it is still not known what caused the accident.

Vice Prime Minister Zhang Dejiang arrived Wednesday at the crash site to help set up an investigation team. State television reported that a preliminary investigation found that the airplane did not catch fire or explode in the air and that there were no signs of sabotage.

The newly built airport in Yichun sits in a forested valley and has operated for a year.

China Southern Airlines decided last August to avoid night flights in and out of Yichun, switching its daily flight from Harbin to the daytime. A technical notice cited concerns about the airport's surrounding terrain, runway lighting and wind and weather conditions.

"Principally, there should be no night flights at Yichun airport," said the notice from China Southern's Heilongjiang branch that was posted online. An employee with the branch's technical office confirmed the notice's authenticity. He declined to give his name because he was not authorized to talk to the media, but said China Southern decided to cancel night flights at Yichun "for safety concerns. We're cautious."

The crash and fire were so severe that little of the fuselage remained, though the charred tail was still largely intact. China Central Television said eight of the victims were found 65 to 100 feet (20 to 30 meters) from the plane's wreckage in a muddy field.

Xinhua said officials had earlier reported 43 dead because one body was torn apart in the crash and had been counted as two. It said the pilot, Qi Quanjun, survived the crash but was badly hurt and cannot speak.

One survivor told Xinhua that there was strong turbulence just after the announcement that the plane was about to land.

"There were four or five bad turbulence (jolts) and luggage in the overhead bin was raining down," he was quoted as saying. "Everyone panicked. Those sitting in the back began rushing to the front of the cabin."

"There was smog, which I knew was toxic. I held my breath and ran until I saw a burning hole on one side of the cabin. I crawled out and ran at least 100 meters (yards) to ensure I was safe."

One of the dead was a Chinese with a foreign passport, according to Xinhua, but it did not give the nationality. It also said a passenger from Taiwan was hurt.

Five of those on board were children, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said, and at least one, an 8-year-old boy, survived. Ji Yifan told Xinhua he was saved by another passenger.

"Someone dragged me to the emergency exit door and threw me out before I realized what was going on," the boy was quoted as saying.

Ji told Xinhua that the evacuation slide, which was on fire, broke as he was sliding down. "I fell to the ground. Again someone dragged me aside," he said. He was speaking from his hospital bed, where he had bruises on his face, neck and arms.

A staff member at Shenzhen Airlines, the parent company of Henan Airlines, said the dead included a married couple, Lu Lu and Zhou Haobin, who worked together as flight attendants.

"They always fly together. They said that was so that they could go home together," said the staff member who was friends with the couple and asked not to be identified by name because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

He said the captain, Qi, was a 40-year-old former People's Liberation Army pilot.

The Brazilian-made Embraer E-190 jet had taken off from Heilongjiang's capital of Harbin shortly before 9 p.m. (1300 GMT) and crashed a little more than an hour later while arriving at Yichun, a city of about 1 million people 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Russian border.

Eighteen officials from China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and various provincial branches were on the flight, headed to a meeting in Yichun, Xinhua said. It said Vice Minister Sun Baoshu was in critical condition with broken bones and head injuries.

The Yichun city Communist Party published an online list of victims with 42 names. They ranged in age from 12, a girl, to 55.

A statement in Chinese on Embraer's website said the company had sent officials to the crash scene to cooperate with the investigation.

"Embraer extends its profound condolences and wishes for recovery to the families and friends of those lost or injured in the accident," it said.

Henan Airlines is based in the central Chinese province of the same name and flies smaller regional jets, mainly on routes in north and northeast China. Previously known as Kunpeng Airlines, the carrier was relaunched as Henan Airlines earlier this year. It launched the Yichun-Harbin service this year.

Henan Airlines, which on Wednesday suspended all its flights, and many other regional Chinese airlines flying shorter routes have struggled in the past few years, losing passengers to high-speed railroad lines that China has aggressively expanded.

Full-tilt expansion of Chinese air traffic in the 1990s led to a series of crashes that gave China the reputation of being unsafe. The poor record prompted the government to improve safety drastically, from airlines to new air traffic management systems at airports.

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

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Associated Press researchers Yu Bing, Xi Yue and Zhao Liang contributed to this story.
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At Least 19 Dead After Congo Plane Crash
Sarah Gordon, Sky News Online

Two people have survived a plane crash which has left at least 19 people dead in western Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a local governor.

The plane, from the capital Kinshasa, crashed after it was unable to land at an airport in Bandundu city and apparently ran out of fuel, said the deputy governor of Bandundu.
Vicky Mboso Muteba said two passengers had miraculously survived the accident.
"They have brought out the people, we have 19 bodies in the morgue and two survivors," he said.
"Subject to expert opinion ... the presumed cause could be a lack of fuel."
The United Nations confirmed the crash, saying the light aircraft crash had killed people on the ground as well as passengers.
"The plane crashed on a house, killing some people. We don't have figures yet," said Madnodje Mounoubai, a spokesman for the UN mission in Congo.
An official in the prime minister's office, offered differing figures to those reported locally, saying 20 people had died and a lone survivor was fighting for his life.
The Let-410 aircraft, which normally carries up to 19 passengers, was operated by Congo airline Filair.

Congo's aviation sector, which is littered with ageing Soviet-era planes, is generally viewed as being in a chronic state of disrepair and crashes are frequent.
But, due to decades of war and corrupt rule, both roads and raiways are in a state of disrepair, forcing the country's deeply impoverished people to rely on ill-maintained planes and boats to move around.
The European Commission of Transport has banned all Congolese carriers from entering European airspace due to concerns for passengers' safety.
More than 250 airlines are blacklisted by the European Commission, many based in Africa.
Zambia, Swaziland and Sudan are among the many African nations who have had most of their flight companies barred.
Airlines from the Philippines, Indonesia and even Bangladesh and Iran feature prominently on the list.

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Wor...e_air_accident
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