World Bulletin/News Desk
A Chinese court has jailed for three years the captain of a plane that crashed four years ago killing 44 people after finding him guilty of negligence, state media reported on Friday.
Qi Quanjun, in charge of the fatal Henan Airlines flight, was charged with failing to observe safety rules for landing and leaving the aircraft after the crash, ignoring passengers trapped in the wreckage, the official People's Daily said on its website.
But it overshot the runway and burst into flames, in the nation's worst air disaster since 2004.
The accident was a jolt for China's fast-growing aviation sector, which had had no major accident for some years, thanks to stricter safety rules, better training and relatively young fleets of mainly Western-made aircraft following a string of crashes in the early 2000s and 1990s.
Kunpeng Airlines no longer exists.Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Aralık 2014, 10:36