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The black-boxes of the plane have been found. As the investigation of the crash begins, CCTV reporter Wang Mangmang talks to aviation experts for their analysis.
Henan airlines had just launched the Yinchun-Harbin service this year. The service was offered three times a week using Embraer ERJ-190 jets.
Technical concerns about the Brazilian plane have cropped up. But Zhang Wei, a pilot, says the jet is generally safe.
Zhang Wei, China Aviation Museum, said, "The Brazil made aircraft is, I personally think, a very good aircraft. This is the first whole loss air disaster of the ERJ-190 family. We know that this Brazil-made aircraft is cheap, highly efficient, and it has a good safety record."
The airliner entered the Chinese market in 2008, as the country's demand for short distance aircraft began soaring.
Some say the airport, nestled in a thickly-forested valley, is not able to accommodate flights landing at night.
But for Zhang Wei, the pilot's handling of a plane is number one.
Zhang Wei said, "There are many reasons for any air crash. The first is the pilot, the second is the weather, the third is the aircraft's technical reliability."
The Yichun airport is now closed. And Henan Airlines cancelled all flights on Wednesday.
In a telephone interview, the airlines declined to reveal any specifics, saying the company is busy working on an official response. Three hotlines have been set up for family inquiries.
Wang Mangmang, reporter, said, "China's air travel safety record was clear for some seventy months before the Tuesday crash. There's not yet an official account of what caused the accident. Now that the search and rescue work has concluded, the Henan Airlines will come up with its official response, as well as plans to deal with the aftermath."