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Captain of crashed passenger plane alive, unable to talk

08-25-2010 11:01 BJT Special Report:Passenger plane crashes in NE China |

YICHUN, Heilongjiang, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The captain of the turbine jet that crashed in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province late Tuesday is alive and recuperating in a local hospital.

But Qi Quanjun, lying on a hospital bed with tubes tucked around his body, was unable to talk sense when Xinhua reporters met him in the city hospital Wednesday.

It appeared that Qi could understand the questions, but he had difficulties in talking due to severe face injuries, doctors said. He does not have life-threatening conditions.

Yichun Mayor Wang Aiwen on Wednesday corrected the death toll to 42 from the previously reported 43. Fifty-four others were injured, including seven severely, he said.

The injured are being treated in four medical institutes in the city.

In the fog-shrouded Lindu airport, rescuers on early Wednesday morning started to transfer victims' bodies, wrapped in silver bags, to funeral homes for identification.

Families were seen waiting anxiously at an open ground in front of the airport. Men smoked, women wailed.

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.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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