Indian Airliner Crashes Killing 158
Posted by feww on May 22, 2010
Air India Express Crashes, Killing 158 People, 8 survive
The Boeing 737-800 plane, flight IX-812 from Dubai to Mangalore, apparently skidded off the runway in rain at Mangalore airport in India’s Karnataka state at about 05:30UTC, killing 158 of 166 people aboard, the Airline said, adding that all the passengers were Indian nationals.
Villagers and rescue workers rush to the scene of the Air India plane crash at Mangalore Airport. Image: AP. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.
“The accident occurred after the aircraft landed at Mangalore airport and overshot the runway,” Air India said.
According to another report the plane was carrying 163 passengers and 9 crew, and only six people survived the crash.
“The plane had broken into two. I jumped out of the plane after it crashed. I saw two other people also come out,” a crash survivor told a local TV channel.
“There was a tire-burst kind of noise. I tried to get out of the front but saw that there was a big fire. So I went back again and jumped out from there.”
The flight had already landed. There was slight rain. The flight skidded off,” according to an eye witness, “After that it caught fire. Villagers, everyone there, came to rescue.”
A local TV channel showed charred bodies strewn in the forested terrain, according to a report.
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