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Two injured survivors in China plane crash "nearly dead", doctors say

2010-09-08 13:11:45 GMT2010-09-08 21:11:45 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HARBIN, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two severely burned survivors in a plane crash in northeast China on Aug. 24 were in extremely critical condition, with one having lost signs of life, doctors said Wednesday.

The two were transferred to the No.1 hospital affiliated to the Harbin Medical University in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

"There are no signs of life on a 39-year-old woman, who suffered burns on over 99 percent of her body. She can no longer breathe spontaneously," said a statement of the hospital.

Another survivor, a 33-year-old man, who suffered burns over 65 percent of his body, was also in extremely critical condition, said the statement.

A Brazil-made ERJ-190 plane operated by Henan Airlines crashed on landing at Lindu Airport, Yichun city in Heilongjiang, on Aug 24, killing 42 and injuring 54 people on board. It is the deadliest commercial plane crash in China since 2004.

A total of 32 seriously injured survivors were transferred to five hospitals in Harbin for better medical treatment shortly after the accident.

The two patients were still under intensive care and a top-level doctor team will arrive at Harbin Wednesday evening to try to save their lives, said the hospital statement.

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