Chinese E190 Overshoots Runway, Killing at Least 43

 - August 24, 2010, 12:02 PM

An Embraer E190 operated by China's Henan Airlines overshot the runway at Yichun City's Lindu Airport in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, killing 43 of the airplane's 96 occupants, according to Chinese state-run media. The crash happened at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday after an otherwise uneventful 45-minute flight from Heilongjiang's capital, Harbin, Xinhua news agency reported. Thick fog reportedly covered the airport as the 100-seat jet attempted to land. The airplane caught fire as it came to rest, eventually becoming engulfed in flames. Formerly known as Kunpeng Airlines, Henan operated a fleet of five E190s. Founded as a joint venture of Shenzhen Airlines and Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group, Kunpeng changed its name last year after the partners ended their agreement and removed from service five ex-Mesa Bombardier CRJ200s.