August 24, 2010 / 10:34 PM / 8 years ago

Embraer sends crew to probe China plane crash

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A crew of technicians at Embraer, the world’s largest maker of regional jets, flew on Tuesday to China to investigate a crash of one of its ERJ-190 planes, which has been called the Asian nation’s worst accident in recent years.

Brazil-based Embraer did not say how many people were part of the crew, which will help Chinese aviation authorities find the cause of the crash. The passenger plane, which belonged to Henan Airlines, overshot the runway in the airport of Heilongjiang, northern China and burst into flames, killing 43 of 96 people aboard.

Shares of the company, also the world’s third-largest maker of commercial aircraft, tumbled 3.9 percent to 10.42 reais in Sao Paulo. Embraer’s American depositary receipts fell 3.75 percent to $23.89 in New York.

“The company has made available the crew, which is now en route to the crash site, to help the Chinese authorities with the investigation,” Embraer said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

The crash is the first involving an Embraer plane of the ERJ-170/190 family, whose four models have more than 650 planes currently operating with more than 4 million hours of service. The ERJ-190, the more popular of the family, has about 290 planes under service.

Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal

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