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160 killed as AI plane overshoots runway, crashes in Mangalore
New Delhi: At least 160 people are feared dead as a Mangalore bound Air India Express flight coming in from Dubai with 173 people on board overshot the Mangalore airport runway on Saturday at 6:30 AM while attempting to land. According to eyewitness account the plane burst into flames soon after it overshot the runway while landing.

"Around 160 people are feared dead in the crash. Only six to seven might have survived," Karnataka Home Minister VS Acharya told CNN-IBN.
The flight IX-892, operated by a Boeing 737-800, had 163 passengers, four infants and six crew members on board. Most of the passengers on the flight were from Kerala.

Mangalore Helpline number: 0824-2220422, 0824-2220424

Delhi Helpline Number: 011-25656196, 011-25603101

Police officials say that rescue and relief operations are on and some people have been admitted to the hospitals.

"Eight to 10 people have been shifted to hospitals. Although if they will survive is unsure. They are being treated. This is a highly unfortunate event. The police force, bomb squad, fire force, KSRP and all the hospitals are working unitedly to help out in this situation. We are doing the best we can," said Karnataka Western Range Inspector General of Police Gopal B Hosur.

The firefighters have reached the spot and efforts are on to rescue the survivors. It is also learnt that because of the hilly terrain, the firefighters could not reach the accident site immediately. Twenty-five ambulances have also been rushed to the spot.

The Central Industrial Security Force has sent 150 personnel to Mangalore to help in the relief and rescue operations.

Initial investigations reveal that the plane landed about 2000 feet away from the touch down point on the runway. The pilot was a Russian while the Co-pilot is SS Ahluwalia. Both the pilots were based in Mangalore.

ATC sources say there was no distress signal from the pilot of the plane.

The entire area around Kenjar village near the crash site and the airport has been cordoned off.

Sources in Air India tell CNN-IBN that the length of the runway is comparatively small but the cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained but the weather factor cannot be ruled out.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has ordered an inquiry into the crash. The Mangalore-Dubai route is a heavy density route.

The airport is at Bajpe, which is about 30 km from Mangalore. It is situated in a hilly area and is considered one of the most difficult airports to take off and land. The area has also been experiencing heavy rains for the last two days due to Cyclone Laila.

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Mangalore crash is 11th major air accident of India
The plane crash at the Mangalore airport that killed over 160 people Saturday is the 11th major air accident involving Indian carriers or in the country's air space since 1962.

The following is the list of some major air crashes:

- July 7, 1962: Alitalia Flight 771 from Sydney crashed into a hill about 84 km north-east of Mumbai while on approach, killing all 94 people on board.

- Jan 1, 1978: Air India Flight 855 bound for Dubai crashed about 3 km off the coast of Bandra in Mumbai, killing all 213 people on board.

- June 21, 1982: Air India Flight 403 from Kuala Lumpur and Chennai crashed at Sahar International Airport in Mumbai, killing two of 12 crew members and 15 of 99 passengers.

- June 23, 1985: Air India Flight 182 bound from Montreal to Mumbai, via London and Delhi, was blown up over Irish air space, killing all 329 on board.

- Oct 19, 1988: Indian Airlines Flight 113 from Mumbai crashed on its final approach to Ahmedabad airport, killing 130 people.

- Feb 14, 1990: Indian Airlines Flight 605 from Mumbai crashed on its final approach to Bangalore airport, killing 92 people. The crash had 54 survivors.

- Aug 16, 1991: Indian Airlines Flight 257 from Kolkata crashed into a hill, some 40 km south-west of Imphal, killing all 69 occupants.

- April 26, 1993: Indian Airlines Flight 491 on its connecting route from Delhi to Mumbai, with stops at Jaipur and Udaipur, collided with a truck during take off from Aurangabad, killing 63 people. Fifty-five people survived.

- Nov 12, 1996: Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 crashed mid-air at Charkhi Dadri village near Delhi, killing all 349 people on board on both flights.

- July 17, 2000: Alliance Air flight CD 7412 crashed at Patna Airport killing 60 people.

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Pilot failed to signal SOS, being blamed for Mangalore air crash

The pilot of the Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore failed to signal or announce an emergency landing, and this is being cited as a factor leading to Saturday's crash near Mangalore Airport.

At least 169 people are feared dead after an Air India Express aircraft from Dubai to Mangalore overshot the runway while landing at the Mangalore airport on Saturday morning.

A total of 173 people including the crew members were on board the flight that crashed around 6: 30 a.m.

At least 20 fire tenders have been rushed to the site as the plane is on fire and smoke was seen coming out of the airport.

The rescue operation is still on with the help of around 150 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel.

It has been reported that there are six survivors, who have been rushed to the hospital.

Karnataka Home Minister Dr V S Acharya said incident happened near a valley 10 kilometers from the airport.

Meanwhile, the Mangalore airport has been shut for the time being.

There are reports that Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has rushed to Mangalore to monitor the situation.

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Click Here For The List of Passengers on Air India Express IX-812

Quote:At least 158 people died, as the ill-fated Air India Express Flight No. IX-812 crashed at the Mangalore Airport this morning during landing. The plane was arriving from Dubai.

According to the authorities, the plane crashed, when it was trying to land. One of the tyres burst and the plane caught fire after hitting the trees and rocks in the jungle.

While 158 people died in the crash, seven people had a miraculous escape. They are being treated for various injuries at the hospital.

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Black Box found
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Mangalore crash: Missing part of black box found

Quote:After three days of intense search, the missing part of the black box of the ill-fated Air India flight has been found at the crash site.

This will give key details of the conversation between the ATC and the pilot and will help investigators ascertain what actually went wrong.

Altogether 158 people were killed after the Air India plane IX 812 overshot the runway by 2,000 feet, going off the edge of Mangalore's table-top airport.

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