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The plane crash at Yichun airport which killed 42 people, is China's worst commercial air disaster in nearly six years.

54 people survived the deadly crash. Among them, 15 are in serious conditions and have been rushed to hospitals in Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang Province. The rest have received treatment in Yichun city.

The 15 survivors in critical conditions including five children were rushed to three large hospitals and another one specializing in burns in Harbin on Wednesday night. Doctors say although some of them can still speak, their respiratory tracts have been severely burnt and they will remain in dangerous conditions in the next 24 hours. Chen Yichun lost her husband in the crash.

Chen Yichun, victim's family, said, "Things are getting difficult, but I'll try to deal with them. Right now I don't know what to think. I don't really want to talk about it."

Also on board was a Taiwan compatriot. He is now in a stable condition.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway. Investigators have already discovered the two black boxes and are waiting to question the pilot, who survived the accident but was badly injured. The president of Henan Airlines Li Qiang has been suspended from duty. The carrier held a press conference this afternoon, saying it's sorry for the incident.

Liu Hang, President of Board of Supervisors, Henan "We feel very sorry about the plane crash, it is sad. And I want to apologize to the victims, apologize to the family members, apologize to the people who injured in the crash and the whole of society."

Some other carriers in China have raised concerns about Yichun airport's surrounding terrain. They question whether the malfunction of the runway lighting at night was partly responsible for the deadly incident.

But the Civil Aviation Authority says the airport meets all safety requirements. Yichun airport, undamaged by the crash has re-opened with flights to and from the regional capital Harbin. But it is still unknown if night-time flights will resume. Compensation by Ping'an Insurance Company is also being made. It has paid three of its four clients 460-thousand yuan in total.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV

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