Accident investigators have now found the flight recorder among the burnt out remains of the Embraer 190 that crash landed in China yesterday with a loss of 42 lives.
They hope it will explain why the aircraft ploughed off the runway, breaking up as it did so and bursting into flames in the worst air accident in the country for six years.
It is known there was severe fog as the Henan Airlines flight, heading from the Heilongjiang Province’s capital, Harbin, tried to make a night time landing at Yichun, about an hour’s flight away.
In all 54 people did survive the crash. They were taken to nearby hospitals mostly suffering from fractures and Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang has paid some a visit.
Among the survivors is one of the pilots. But he is reported to have such severe facial injuries investigators are unable to interview him as yet.
Henan Airlines grounded all its planes for the day following the accident. And the airport of Yichun, opened just last year as part of China’s air travel boom, was also closed.