At least 20 hurt after passenger plane overshoots runway at airport in northeast China

August 24th, 2010 - 11:47 pm ICT by BNO News  

BEIJING (BNO NEWS) — At least 20 people were injured after a passenger plane carrying more than 90 people overshot the runway at an airport in northeast China on Tuesday evening, state media reported, but few details were immediately available.

The aircraft belonging to regional Henan Airlines overshot the runway at an airport in Yichun City, a city in Heilongjiang Province, at around 10.10 p.m. local time. A total of 91 people were believed to be on board, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Heilongjiang provincial civil aviation authorities said the Embraer E190 aircraft, with tail number VD8387, skidded off the end of the runway as it was landing and then caught fire. The aircraft was still on fire more than an hour after the accident.

Officials said at least 47 people had been rescued from the aircraft, including more than 20 people who sustained injuries. It was not immediately clear if the other passengers had survived the crash.

The Henan Airlines aircraft had departed the provincial capital of Harbin at 9.51 p.m. local time, but it was not immediately clear if Yichun City was its destination. The airline website did not specify Yichun City as one of its regular destinations.

Rescue operations are continuing.

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