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

Beechcraft Bonanza V35A, N555SF: Fatal accident occurred December 18, 2014 in Seagoville, Texas

Dallas sheriff's deputies are investigating a small plane crash in Seagoville, killing the pilot.

The plane crashed in the Dallas suburb just after 6 p.m. Thursday in the 1600 block of Bent Tree Lane near Malloy Bridge Road, officials said.

The plane, a 1967 Beech Bonanza, was trying to land at Mesquite Metro Airport when air traffic control operators lost contact with its pilot, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said.

The pilot has not been identified. He was the only occupant aboard the aircraft.

There are no other known injuries.

"It's broken to pieces. There's a lot of debris around," Captain Ray Calverley, of the Seagoville Police Department, said Thursday night.

Despite initial reports that the plane had hit at least one house prior to hitting the ground, investigators on the scene have not been able to confirm that, Calverley told NBCDFW.

Officers have gone door-to-door asking neighbors if their homes sustained any damage in the crash and no one has reported that they did, Calverley said.

"I heard a sound like a plane going down and it make a big old thud and I wasn't sure what it was," neighbor Thomas Malone told NBCDFW. Malone lives two houses away from the crash site.

The FAA confirms the plane departed from South Arkansas Regional Airport Wednesday at 3:35 p.m.


Mesquite police have confirmed that a plane crashed in an area near Seagoville this evening.

Federal Aviation Administration Spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said a Beech Bonanza aircraft was attempting to land at Mesquite Metro Airport, when air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact at approximately 6:17 pm. 

Mesquite police Lt. G.T. Caldwell said the plane crashed in a rural area, and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department was called to handle the incident. He said previous reports that homes were hit by the plane were false. 

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DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – CBS 11 News has confirmed a small plane has crashed in the Dallas County city of Seagoville. 

Officials with the Mesquite Fire Department say the pilot, the only person onboard, was killed.

A distress call went out at 6:18 p.m. 

The Beech Bonanza aircraft was attempting to land at the Mesquite Airport when air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact.

The plane was later found behind a home in the 1600 block of Bent Tree.

The plane did not hit any nearby homes.

The aircraft crashed in a wooded pasture area, with wreckage coming down within 50 feet of homes.

Some residents in the area told CBS 11 News they heard a loud boom, but did not see the actual crash.

No one on the ground was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.