Plane crash: official says airport meets safety requirements

Plane crash: official says airport meets safety requirements

05:55 AM Aug 27, 2010

A top aviation official has defended the safety of an airport in north-eastern China where a Henan Airlines flight crashed on Tuesday night, killing 42 of the 96 people on board.

China Southern, a major Chinese airline, scrapped night flights last year at Lindu Airport in Yichun city, citing concerns about the surrounding terrain, runway lighting and weather conditions.

But Mr Li Jian, vice director of the Civil Aviation Authority of China, said the airport met all safety requirements and was built to handle nighttime flights.

The airport was closed after the crash but reopened at midday yesterday.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the disaster. AP

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