Date
17 October 2017
The stricken plane, with a damaged wing and fuselage,  is transported on a truck after  the accident. Photo: Xinhua
The stricken plane, with a damaged wing and fuselage, is transported on a truck after the accident. Photo: Xinhua

Seven hurt as Chinese passenger plane overshoots runway

Seven people were injured after a passenger plane overshot the runway in southeast China’s Fujian province.

The Modern Ark 60 (MA60) plane operated by budget airline Joyair had just landed at the Fuzhou Changle International Airport on Sunday when the accident happened, am730 reported Monday, citing local authorities.

Joyair flight JR1529 originated in the eastern city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province. It was carrying 45 passengers and seven cabin crew.

One of the seven injured was a pregnant woman. Only two remain in hospital.

Witnesses saw smoke from the plane as the passengers fled the cabin, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Pictures on microblog Weibo showed one of the wings and part of the fuselage broken. Fire trucks were seen dousing the plane with water.

The airport was closed for several hours, causing delays or cancellations of at least 80 flights and stranding more than 10,000 passengers.

Joyair said it is investigating the incident but gave no further details.

The airline was jointly established by the Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) and China Eastern Airlines.

MA60 is a turboprop aircraft made by Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corp. under AVIC.

The aircraft has been involved in about 19 accidents since it went into service in 2002, including a deadly crash that killed 27 people.

It has yet to win airworthiness certificates from regulators in the United States and the European Union.

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