The BAe 146 jet was China Northwest Airlines' flight 2119 to Peking from Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia province and a popular tourism destination. The plane, with 108 passengers and five crew, failed in a second takeoff attempt and careened off the runway and into a lake, where it broke apart.
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A Chinese airliner crashed into a lake yesterday on its second attempted takeoff from Yinchuan, in north-west China, killing 59 people, including one Briton, Reuter reports from Peking.