Plane crashes in south India, 158 dead

BANGALORE - An Air India plane overshot a runway and crashed in flames Saturday near the southern city of Mangalore, killing 158 people after a handful of survivors managed to escape the burning wreckage.

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Published: Mon 24 May 2010, 8:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 4 Jul 2024, 11:35 AM

Callous contamination

By Bikram Vohra

While TV news stations may prattle on about the Air India crash with a theory a minute, it’s a shame that the scene of the accident is being so callously contaminated.

Destination disaster?

By Allan Jacob (KT Exclusive)

There’s blood on the runway and there could be blood on 
their hands. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Karnataka state government are to blame, according to environment groups, who have consistently opposed the airport’s expansion plans since 1997.

Young medical intern among the survivors

By Moni Mathews

Sabrina Nasrin Haq, an MBBS student doing her internship at Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal, was one of the lucky eight to survive the horrific Air India Express crash at Bajpe International Airport, Mangalore, on Saturday. The Bangladeshi was the only woman among the survivors.

Families struggle to identify bodies

By T.K. Devasia

The pain of the families of several victims of the Mangalore air crash continues as they are still unable to identify the bodies of their loved ones. DNA experts from Hyderabad were trying hard to help over 30 families from Kerala identify the bodies of their kin. But the scientific process is likely to take four to seven days.

Rs1 million each for victims’ families

Air India said it would give Rs1 million each to the families of those aged 12 years and above killed in the Mangalore crash and Rs500,000 to those below 12. This is an interim monetary relief pending the finalisation of full compensation, Air India head Arvind Jadhav said.

AI defends pilots, kin bid tearful adieu to dear ones

A day after the Mangalore air crash claimed 158 lives, the Air India defended its pilots, asserting they were experianced and well rested, as the shocked families, many of them from Kerala, went through the painful task of identifying their loved ones and conducting their last rites.

Families mourn death of co-pilot, air hostess

The bodies of co-pilot H.S. Ahluwalia and air hostess Tejal Kamulkar of the Air India Express aircraft, which crashed at Mangalore airport Saturday, were brought here late Sunday evening.

Pilots were experienced, well-rested, asserts AI chief

Air India asserted that the pilot and co-pilot of its Boeing 737 aircraft, which crashed and killed 158 people Saturday here, were experienced and well-rested and requested media not to speculate on the cause of the accident.

DGCA begins crash probe, finds voice recorder, data unit

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) late Sunday began investigating the crash of the Air India Express Boeing 737-800 (VT-AXV) after the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and a part of the black box containing the digital flight data acquisition unit (DFDAU) were handed over to it by the search party.

Plane’s black box found, kin bid loved ones adieu

A day after the air disaster in Mangalore claimed 158 lives, investigators Sunday found the plane’s ‘black box’ to put together the last moments of the ill-fated aircraft while families, a large number of them from Kerala, went through the painful task of identifying their loved ones and cremating or burying them.

87 victims identified, forensic team pitches in

The bodies of 87 victims of Saturday’s plane crash in Mangalore have been identified and handed over to their relatives, while a forensic team arrived from Hyderabad to conduct DNA tests to identify bodies charred beyond recognition, officials said Sunday

Search still on for Air India aircraft’s black box

Investigators on Sunday sifted through the charred wreckage of an indian passenger plane that overshot the runway and plunged into a ravine, killing 158 people on board.

Seven survive killer wings

Twelve hours after the air India Express Boeing 737, on a flight from Dubai to Mangalore, crashed outside the periphery of one of india’s trickiest airports, killing 159 people, rescue work has scaled down as darkness descends over the area. It’s almost eerie.

Telling it with tears

Shock and tears amid frantic calls to airline offices and hospitals. A surfeit of emotional scenes said it all as friends and relatives fondly remembered those who perished in the crash.

Was it a case of microburst?

A series of errors having nothing to do with the safety or length of the Mangalore runway could have caused the fatal crash of the air India Express Boeing 737-800 and the death of 158 passengers and crew as it flew in from Dubai on Saturday morning.

Tricky landing strip, or pilot error?

At the best of times, the Mangalore airport is a bit tricky, and pilots advise themselves added caution. The touchdown occurs on a runway barely adequate in length before the table-top on which it is located descends sharply down a wooded incline into the sea. There is no margin for error.

Missions sets up control room to assist relatives

The Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate in Dubai remained open on Saturday to assist people for passport, visa and other consular related services, Indian ambassador to the UAE, M.K. Lokesh said.

Details of Kerala crash victims will be given: MEA

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) will provide passport details of the passengers from Kerala who perished in the air crash at Mangalore airport to the Kerala government, an official said Saturday.

India minister says ‘morally responsible’ for air crash

India’s Aviation Minister Praful Patel said he felt “morally responsible” for Saturday’s air India crash that claimed 158 lives, but declined to confirm reports that he had offered to resign.

Businessman loses
16 family members

A Saudi-based Indian businessman lost 16 family members in Saturday’s plane crash in Mangalore who were going to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Another family from Dubai was on its way to a wedding when it perished in the tragedy.

New runway made landing a lot easier

The airport at Mangalore may at one time have been one of the most difficult in India, requiring a high degree of skill and expertise for pilots landing or taking-off from there, but today it is quite a safe one.

Tragedy has no bounds

Life can’t be more tragic than this. Losing eight members of the family in two separate accidents within a span of six months. For the Mohiddina family from Bhatkal, Karnataka, the second loss came in the Mangalore crash on Saturday which killed three children and an adult.

I heard the shrieks of co-passengers: survivor

“I saw the flight catching fire and heard the shrieks of my co-passengers inside the aircraft,” said Krishnan, who survived by escaping through a gap in the broken Air India Express aircraft seconds after it crashed in Mangalore .

Plane crash survivor recalls the horror

“It was drizzling but the plane appeared on course for landing. Soon after the aircraft touched the runway, I heard a sound and smoke started comming in the plane.

Mangalore air crash unlikely to hit Reliance: insurers

The Reliance General Insurance Company-led consortium, which insured Air India’s fleet including the Boeing 737 aircraft that crashed Saturday in Mangalore, may not be hit hard by the accident thanks to re-insurance, experts said.

Headed for funeral, wedding, Gulf-based families perish

A Saudi businessman lost 16 family members in Saturday’s plane crash in Mangalore who were going to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Another family from Dubai was on its way to a wedding when it perished in the tragedy.

Mangaloreans numbed by Air India tragedy

A week back it was celebrations for Mangaloreans as a new airport started operations, fulfilling a long pending demand.

Mangalore airport tests pilot’s skills: Minister

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the Mangalore airport, where an Air India plane crashed Saturday, is known to test the limits of pilot’s skills.

Pakistan sends India condolences on plane crash

Pakistan Saturday sent its condolences to India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the deaths of 159 people in an Air India plane crash earlier in the day.

Mangalore tragedy an eye-opener: Air India

The Mangalore air crash that killed 158 people Saturday “points finger towards the faults in our infrastructure facilities in airports”, an Air India board member said.

Political parties grieve deaths in air crash

Expressing deep shock, political leaders Saturday condoled the loss of 158 lives in the Air India Express crash in Mangalore.

23 kids on board crashed plane

Nineteen children and four infants were on board the Air India aircraft that crashed.The Air India Express from Dubai broke up while landing, killing 159 people. Only eight people survived.

Dubai helpline numbers

The air India Express office in Dubai Airport Terminal 2 has announced the helpline numbers - 04-2165828, 04-2165829, 04-2666950, 04 -2690118

Crashed plane was in good shape, visibility not poor

Runway visibility was good for landing and there was no problem with the air India Express Boeing 737 that crashed in Mangalore, killing 158 people Saturday, the Airports Authority of india (AAI) said.

Flying to Mangalore is frightening: traveller

Landing in Mangalore is always a “fearful experience”, a Gulf News journalist who travels frequently to the indian city said after an air crash there Saturday killed 158 people.

Kerala declares two-day mourning

Kerala govt declared a two-day mourning Saturday for the victims of the air India Express plane disaster near Mangalore. Most of the passengers from Dubai to Mangalore were from Kerala.

Abu Dhabi man was going for mother’s funeral

Abu Dhabi based Shailesh Brahmavar Rao, who was on board the ill-fated air India Express aircraft that crashed Saturday morning in india’s Mangalore city, was travelling to india to attend his mother’s funeral.

Mangalore has one of India’s most turbulent airspaces

The Mangalore International Airport, where an air India Express flight crashed Saturday killing nearly 170 people, opened in 1951 as the Bajpe Aerodrome when then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru arrived on the maiden flight.

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