China plane crash probe takes time, says official

11:53, August 28, 2010      

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Rescuers search for survivors at the site where a passenger plane crashed in Yichun City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, early on Aug. 25, 2010. A passenger plane with 96 people on board crashed late Tuesday night the Yichun airport. At least 42 people were confirmed dead while the remaining 54 have been rescued and sent to hospitals. (Xinhua Photo)

Investigation into Tuesday's deadly jet crash in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province will take a pretty long period, an official with the aviation industry watchdog said Saturday.

"The probe involves every aspect of the jet -- its manufacturer, operator, pilot, crew, maintenance record as well as the air traffic management and airport authorities," said Li Jian, vice director of the General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC).

Li said the CAAC had to be scrupulous in publishing any results of the investigation. "They (such results) will have to withstand the test of time and history. We therefore need more time for that."

Li arrived in Yichun, a remote, forest-surrounded city, shortly after a Brazilian-made ERJ-190 jet carrying 96 people crashed upon landing near the runway Tuesday night. Forty-two people died and 54 survived with injuries.

At a meeting attended by all investigators of the plane crash in Yichun Saturday morning, Li said rescue work remained vital. "Some patients may suffer complications after the first 72 hours, and we have to watch out for that closely."

By Saturday, 45 survivors have been transferred to bigger hospitals in Beijing and the provincial capital Harbin. Nine people with slight injuries stayed in Yichun for treatment, a city government spokesman said.

The next of kin of 41 dead have taken DNA tests to identify the bodies. Family members of one last victim will take the test upon their arrivals in Yichun Saturday, the spokesman said.

Source: Xinhua


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