SHENZHEN, China — A Boeing 737 on a domestic flight veered off the runway while landing Thursday night, broke into three pieces and caught fire, killing at least 35 people and injuring dozens more, said an official in this southern city.
Thirty-three passengers and two crew members were killed after the plane touched down at Shenzhen's Huangtian Airport, on the Hong Kong border, veered onto the grass and split apart just minutes later.
Another 35 people were hospitalized, and two of them--a Thai national and a Hong Kong citizen--were in serious condition, the city official, who gave her name only as Zhu, said today.
It was unclear what caused the China Southern Airlines jet to explode after landing at 9:35 p.m. The cause of the crash--the first accident at the airport since it opened about three years ago--is under investigation.