View Full Version : Plane crashes in India, 160 people feared dead

Admin Khan
05-22-2010, 01:11 AM
NEW DELHI – As many as 160 people were feared dead after an AirIndia Plane important arriving from Dubai crashed Saturday as it overshot a runway while trying to land in southern India. Television images showed dense black smoke billowing from the aircraft surrounded by flames just outside the Mangalore an important city airport in a hilly area with thick grass and trees.Firefighters sprayed water on the plane as rescue workers struggled to find survivors. One firefighter ran up a hill with an injured child in his arms. Officials in the state of Karnataka said of the 169 people believed on board, only six or seven might have survived. "This is a major calamity," Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya told CNN-IBN TV.
The aircraft overshot the runway, hit a fence and went beyond the boundary wall of the airport, according to the Press Trust of India.

The crash could be the deadliest in India since the November 1996 midair collision between a Saudi airliner and a Kazakh cargo plane near New Delhi that killed 349 people. The airport's location, on a plateau surrounded by hills, made it difficult for the firefighters to reach the scene Saturday, officials said. Pre-monsoon rains over the past two days caused low visibility in the area, officials said. Mangalore airport is about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away from Mangalore city.


05-22-2010, 02:16 AM
as my 52 year old friend would say. "the earth is not happy..." the sky too is not happy any more i guess.

Master Khan
05-22-2010, 01:10 PM
I can't believe six or seven might have survived, one person was fine.

spogmai shaglay
05-22-2010, 01:16 PM
indeed sad news...... there were many children and 4 infants on board and none of them survived...and also 16 members of one family were on board....
may Allah talla give sabar and himmat to their families....

05-22-2010, 02:24 PM

05-22-2010, 03:22 PM
I extend my sorrows to the families who lost their kith and kins. I hope that the govt of India would conduct an inquiry in order to find out the causes of the crash to avoid any such accidents in the future.

05-22-2010, 06:22 PM
pilots were good, so were the air conditions..the plane overshot the runway so probably the landing gear got stuck

bless their souls

05-22-2010, 06:26 PM