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Two Americans Among Those Killed in Plane Crash in China

January 20, 1985

PEKING (AP) _ Two Americans and a Briton were among 38 people killed when a Chinese domestic airliner crashed on the runway at Jinan in eastern China, the state- run airline CAAC said Sunday.

Film of the accident on Chinese television showed investigators searching the wreckage of the disintegrated and partially burned Soviet-built Antonov 24 aircraft, and one of the three survivors in a hospital bed. All three of the survivors, a female crew member and two male passengers, were Chinese.

The commentator said the turboprop airplane touched down on a north runway Friday evening and continued for about 160 yards before the crash. There was no explanation for the crash.

The flight originated in Shanghai, stopped briefly in Nanjing and was due to fly on to Peking, 220 miles northwest of Jinan, capital of Shandong Province.

Spokesman Zhang Yafeng at CAAC, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, identified the American victims as Donald Branford Fox, 45, of Nashua, N.H., and Peter Patrick Barkanic, 27, of Washington, D.C. The Briton was identified as Michael Shane, 41, of Doncaster, England.

Three Chinese from Hong Kong also were reported killed in the crash.

The identifications came from investigators at the scene who checked passports, the spokesman said. The 32 other victims, including six crew members, were Chinese.

CAAC is both the state airline and civil aviation ministry. It flies domestic and international routes with a fleet of 500 aircraft ranging from U.S. Boeing 747 jumbojets and British Tridents to Soviet-made Antonovs and Ilyushins.