Passenger Plane Crashes in China

A domestic airliner with 91 passengers and five crew crashed late Tuesday in China, killing 42 people and injuring 54 others in the latest tragedy to hit the global aviation industry.

State news agency Xinhua reported that the Henan Airlines-operated Embraer E-190 was attempting to land in Lindu airport in the city of Yichun, Heilongjiang province, when it missed the runway. The plane burst into flames after crashing in a grassy area near the airport. The impact of the crash was so strong that several passengers were found around 65 feet away from the wreckage.

The plane had taken off about an hour earlier from the provincial capital of Harbin and was ready to land in Lindu. Reports said thick fog covered the Lindu airport at the time of the accident. The cause of the accident is still unknown and investigators are still looking for the plane’s black box, which is expected to reveal the last conversation in the cockpit before the crash occurred.