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Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

The tail-end wreckage of the Henan Airlines ERJ-190 jet after it slammed into the ground in Yichun, Heilongjiang province, on 25 August 2010 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The plane overshot the runway and burst into flames, after trying to land in fog.

A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010 crash in Heilongjiang province that left 44 people dead.

The Henan Airlines flight, carrying 96 people, caught fire after overshooting the runway at Yichun airport.

Captain Qi Quanjun had broken rules by trying to land "when visibility at the airport was below safety standards", state media reported, citing the court.

He did not properly evacuate passengers or help the injured, it added.

It was China's worst air disaster in six years, after 55 people died when a China Eastern Airlines plane crashed in Inner Mongolia in 2004.

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