A passenger aircraft burst into flames killing 42 people of 96 on board after overshooting a runway in China.

The Henan Airlines plane crashed in Yichun in Heilongjiang province in north east China after flying from the provincial capital of Harbin.

There were 91 passengers and five crew on board the Embraer ERJ-190 aircraft. All the passengers were reported to be to be Chinese nationals.

Yichun airport opened last year as one of an increasing number of airports built in more remote regions of China to help boost economic development.

Henan Airlines is a small regional carrier controlled by Shenzhen Airlines, itself part-owned by Air China.