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Officials correct China plane crash death toll to 42

English.news.cn   2010-08-25 10:38:49 FeedbackPrintRSS

 
The black-box of a crashed passenger plane is found in Yichun City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 25, 2010. A passenger plane with 96 people on board crashed late Tuesday night near the Yichun airport. At least 42 people were confirmed dead while the remaining 54 have been rescued and sent to hospitals. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

YICHUN, Heilongjiang, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The government of Yichun, a city in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has corrected Tuesday night's plane crash death toll to 42, saying one dead body that was torn apart in the disaster was formerly counted as two.

A local publicity official said earlier on that 43 dead bodies were retrieved.

According to the death roll released by the city government, the dead were aged roughly from 12 to 55, calculated from their birth dates indicated in their ID numbers. Among them, however, was a Chinese holding a passport and three crew members whose ID numbers were not available.

Rescuers wrapped up the bodies early on Wednesday and have transported them to the city's funeral homes for families to identify them.

The ERJ-190 jet, manufactured by the Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer with maximum passenger capacity of 108, crashed near the runaway of Lindu airport of Yichun at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday, some 40 minutes after it took off from the provincial capital Harbin.

Ninety-one passengers, including five children, and five crew members boarded the plane, sources with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.

Officials in Yichun confirmed a group of officials from Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security were also on board, including a vice minister and six division chiefs. Most of them survived with injuries, and the vice minister Sun Baoshu was in critical condition.

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