In Brief

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2007, 12:00am

Air force fighter crashed on landing, pilot's fate unclear

A Sukhoi Su-30 fighter plane crashed on landing last Wednesday at a military airport in Anhui province , the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy based in Hong Kong reported yesterday. The jet, which belonged to the Nanjing Military Region, was destroyed in the accident, but the condition of the pilot was unclear, the centre said. It said the accident at Wanli Airport in Wuhu prompted the People's Liberation Army Air Force to ground all Su-30s pending an investigation. The Su-30s are the PLA's top fighter planes and are mostly deployed along the Taiwan Strait, Macau-based military analyst Antony Wong Dong said. 'All pilots who fly the Su-30 are the cream of the air force,' Mr Wong said. 'They are unlikely to make simple mistakes in landing procedures.' The PLA has bought more than 100 Su-30s - one of the most expensive fighter aircraft in the world - from Russia. Choi Chi-yuk

Four more bodies found in collapsed dam debris

The death toll from the collapse of a tailings dam in Liaoning rose to 10 after rescuers retrieved four more bodies. Three people were still missing. The bodies, including one of a child, were found buried deep in silt, an official overseeing rescue efforts, told Xinhua. The dam, near a deserted iron ore mine in Haicheng , burst on Sunday morning, sweeping away at least 33 houses and injuring 17 people in a river of mud and ore debris that engulfed villages. The dam had a capacity of 780,000 cubic metres and belongs to Dingyang Mining. Raymond Li

Deputy gets suspended death sentence for drug smuggling

A deputy of the regional legislature in Anhui province has been sentenced to death with a two-year suspension for possession of firearms and drug smuggling, Xinhua reported. Farmer Zheng Guoliang , 51, from Linquan county, who was elected to the provincial People's Congress in Anhui for his role in boosting the local economy, was arrested with two accomplices in May for moving more than 1kg of illicit drugs, including 340 grams of heroin into his hometown. Police found a hunting rifle and four bullets in his house. Raymond Li