Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pilot jailed over China air crash disaster: Qi Quanjun, captain of the airliner that came down in heavy fog in Yichun in 2010, killing 44, blamed for disaster

The captain of an airliner that crashed in Heilongjiang province in northern China four years ago, killing 44 people, has been jailed for three years.

It is the first time a pilot has been convicted on the mainland of the offense of causing a major air accident, according to the China News Service.

Qi Quanjun was the captain of a Henan Airlines flight that crashed near Yichun airport in August, 2010.

The flight was flying to Yichun from the provincial capital Harbin with 91 passengers and five crew on board.

The aircraft crashed 690 metres away from the runway.

Fifty-two people were also injured in the crash.

An investigation ruled that the crash was caused by pilot error.

The report said Captain Qi and his co-pilot insisted on landing the aircraft at Yichun Airport, even though the plane was engulfed in heavy fog and the runway was not visible.


NTSB Identification: DCA10WA087
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Yichun, China
Aircraft: EMBRAER ERJ190, registration:
Injuries: 42 Fatal, 7 Serious, 47 Minor.
The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 24, 2010 at 9:40 PM local time, Henan Airlines flight VD8387 (registration B-3130), an Embraer 190 equipped with General Electric (GE) CF-34 engines, impacted terrain about 1.5 km (0.9 miles) short of runway 30 during approach to Yichun Airport, Yichun, China. Of the 96 passengers and crew on board, there were 42 fatalities, 7 serious injuries, and 47 minor injuries. The airplane was substantially consumed by post-crash fire. The flight originated from the Harbin Taiping International Airport, Harbin, China. 

The accident is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of design and manufacture of the engines.

All requests for information should be directed to: 

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)
#155 Dongsi Street West, Dongcheng
Beijing, China 100710, China

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