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Chinese jet crashes in South Korea

Rescue workers were sent to the site immediately
Rescue workers were sent to the site immediately  

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- An Air China flight carrying 155 passengers and at least 10 crewmembers has crashed near South Korea's second largest city of Busan.

South Korean television showed a photograph of an Air China jet broken in half and in flames.

Reports said the Boeing 767 crashed around 11:40 a.m. (0240 GMT) near Kimhae airport, which serves the port city of Busan on the Sea of Japan.

Authorities said it crashed near a residential area containing apartment buildings, but there were no reports of any casualties on the ground.

A number of people survived the crash, although an official count was not immediately available. The Yonhap Television Network showed hospital staff working on victims.

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Firefighters and rescue workers are on the scene.

The flight took off from Beijing and was headed to Kimhae airport near Busan.

Weather conditions at the time were poor, with fog, winds and rain. A number of international flights were turned back from the airport Monday morning as a result.

The crash comes just weeks before the soccer World Cup is co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.

Air China has 69 airplanes -- including 18 B747s, 7 B777s, 10 B767s and 26 B737s -- and operates 114 routes, including 43 international routes and 71 domestic ones, according to its website.

Headquartered in Beijing and set up in July 1 1988, Air China is the country's only national flag carrier.


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