Over 40 killed in Chinese plane crash

BEIJING _ More than 40 people were killed in a crash landing of a Chinese passenger plane in north-eastern China late Tuesday, state media reported.

     The bodies of 43 people had been recovered, Xinhua news agency reported early Wednesday citing local officials. Another 53 people were hospitalized with injuries following the crash.

     The Henan Airlines plane, a Brazilian-built Embraer E190, overshot the runway at Yichun City in Heilongjiang Province on a flight from Harbin and burst into flames.

     Firefighters, ambulances and rescue teams rushed to the crash site, according to the Xinhua news agency. The agency said there was heavy fog at the airport.

     The plane had taken off from Harbin at about 9 p.m., and the accident occurred at about 10:10 p.m. as the plane landed at Yichun some 185 miles further north-east of Harbin.

     Civil aviation authorities spoke of 91 people on board, while Henan Airlines had told Xinhua the plane was carrying 96 people.