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Chinese vice premier rushes to deal with plane crash in northeast province

2010-08-25 07:37:34 GMT2010-08-25 15:37:34 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (R, front) inspects the site where a passenger plane crashed in Yichun City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (R) puts the quilt over a sleeping boy who survived the plane crash at a hospital in Yichun City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on early Wednesday led a team composed of transportation, health, work safety, and security officials to Yichun City, northeastern Heilongjiang Province, to deal with the aftermath of and investigate the cause of a plane crash.

A passenger plane carrying 96 people crashed late Tuesday night near the runaway of the Yichun airport and engulfed in blaze.

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 43 passengers and another 53 injured passengers have been hospitalized, according to local officials.

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