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2010 Air India Express crash at Mangalore


About 2010 Air India Express crash at Mangalore

169 passengers died when an Air India Express Flight 812, en route from Dubai, crashed while attempting to land in Mangalore, India on Saturday, May 22, 2010. The aircraft is actually a B737-800 and is operating as IX-812. The air crash in Mangalore occurred when the aircraft landed at the Mangalore airport and overshot the runway. As soon as it overshot the runway, it went straight into a valley and has caught fire. Some sections of media reported that a tyre burst would have caused the trouble to bring the aircraft to a halt. Air India said it is confirming the identities of the casualties. The incident is one of the worst air disasters in India.

Reasons for crash and investigation

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has rushed its team to investigate the matter. Its primary concern is to retrieve the black box that will give investigators to reconstruct the last moments in the cockpit. On May 24, 2010, DGCA experts said that the black box is still missing. Investigators reported having found the Black Box on May 23, 2010 but the actual one could only be located on May 25, 2010, after three days of intense search, at the crash site.

One of the survivor said that it was raining outside and there was huge sound before the crash.

Reports say that the pilot has failed to signal SOS or announce an emergency landing, and this is being cited as a factor leading to crash. No report of any malfunction was reported to the ATC.

On May 23, 2010, Minister of State for Railways E.Ahmed said that a second thorough probe into the crash, apart from the one initiated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, may be ordered.

Crew

Zlatko Glusica, a Serbian national, is the pilot-in-command. He is assisted by first officer Capt S S Ahluwalia.

On May 24, 2010 Air India spokesperson Harpreet Singh De said the body of Zlatko Glusica will be flown to Frankfurt for last rites.

Bodies of co-pilot Captain Harbinder Singh Ahluwalia and airhostess Tejal Kamulkar, were brought to their hometown for the last rites.

About Mangalore airport

Mangalore airport has a table-top runway. Such a runway is usually located on a hill top and requires utmost accuracy while making the landing. Needless to say, landing in such runways is more difficult during rainy season. Deep gorges, as near as 30 meters from the runway exists at the airport. Reports say Glucia has experience in operating on table-top runways and is familiar with the Mangalore airport.

The airport has two runways - the old one with a 6,000 ft long runway and the new one with a 8,000 ft runway. The new terminal building was inaugurated by Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on May 15.

Indian Union Minister of State Praful Patel said the runway length of the Airport will be increased from the present 8,000 ft to 9,000 ft to include a larger spillover area.

Victims

On June 2, 2010, eleven bodies of victims killed in last months in the plane crash have been declared unidentified as the final DNA report of those bodies failed to match with samples collected from relatives. Air India management disbursed cheques as interim compensation to a few families of the victims of the crash.

Survivors

About 5 people are reported to have survived the crash. A survivor, Pradeep, is reported to have told a media outlet that the plant gave huge vibrations and broke into two pieces. He reported to have jumped out of the broken plan and began to run. Moin Kutty, Krishnan, Omar Farooq, Abdul Sattar, Dr Sabrina Haq, Pardeep are the survivors. Air India officials, on May 22, confirmed there are eight survivors including four children.

Eyewitnesses of the crash said that better rescue services could have saved more lives.

On May 26, 2010, the three out of the eight survivors of the crash were discharged from Mangalores S C S Hospital.

Emergency Contacts

Air India Express Dubai Airport Tel. Nos. 00971-4-2165828/29.

Mangalore Helpline Numbers: +91-824-2220422, +91-824-2220424

Delhi Helpline Numbers: +91-11-25656196, +91-11-25603101

Other related information

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi have expressed shock and grief over the grievous loss of life resulting from crash.

U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer offered his heart-felt condolences to all those who lost loved ones in the crash and his prayers for the speedy recovery of the survivors.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel arrived immediately at the incident spot to access the situation after the crash.

2010 Air India Express crash at Mangalore in News

Black box of the ill-fated Air India Express flight recovered
Three days after the Mangalore plane crash incident, the Black box of the ill-fated Air India Express plane was recovered here on Tuesday. ANI

Air India crash: Experts to conduct DNA test today
A team of experts would conduct DNA tests to identify 22 victims of the air crash which are still remained unclaimed at the Wenlock Hospital here on Monday. ANI

Crashed Mangalore plane was one of Air Indias best, claims CMD
Air India on Sunday said that various comments on the condition of the AIR India Express IX-812 plane that crashed in Mangalore on Saturday were baseless, and that it was one of the newest aircrafts. ANI

Mangalore air crash: All bodies of victims recovered
Air India (AI) on Sunday said that all the 158 bodies have been recovered from the crash site and 87 bodies have already been handed over to relatives. ANI

Mangalore air crash: DNA experts arrives as 26 bodies still unidentified
A team of experts from Hyderabad arrived here today to conduct DNA tests to help in identification of bodies charred beyond recognition in the Air India Express plane crash. ANI

Kerala declares two-day mourning for Mangalore crash victims
The Government of Kerala on Saturday declared a two-day mourning for victims of the Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore, as most of the passengers on board are reported to be from the state. ANI

Murli Deora expresses grief over Mangalore crash
Petroleum Minister Murli Deora on Saturday condoled the loss of 158 lives in the Air India Express crash near Mangalore this morning. ANI

Defence Minister Antony expresses grief over Mangalore Air India Express crash
Defence Minister A.K. Antony has expressed profound shock and grief at the loss of 158 lives in the Air India Express crash at Mangalore Airport this morning. ANI

Mangalore air crash: Pak PM sends condolences
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday sent his condolences to his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh for the deaths of 158 people in an Air India Express plane crash earlier in the day. ANI

Rescue operations in Mangalore crash stopped: DGCA
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday evening said rescue operations have been halted and the bodies of all the 158 people killed the Air India Express Flight crash have been recovered. ANI

Mangalore plane crash survivor relives harrowing experience
A survivor of the Air India Express passenger flight that crashed in Mangalore on Saturday recalled the horror of the moment when the plane overshot the runway and broke into pieces. ANI

Antony, Pallam Raju not to attend LCH maiden flight function in Bengaluru
Defence Minister A K Antony and his deputy M.Pallam Raju have cancelled their Sunday visit to Bengaluru, where they were supposed to participate in the inaugural flight launch ceremony of the Advanced Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), in the wake of the Mangalore air disaster. ANI

Mangalore crash: Praful Patel submits resignation to PM
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Saturday evening tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, at his residence taking moral responsibility for the Air India Express Flight crash in which 158 people were killed. ANI

Mangalore crash: Praful Patel may offer to quit
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel is likely to meet the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, this evening and submit his resignation taking moral responsibility for the Air India Express Flight crash in which 158 people were killed. ANI

President Pratibha Patil expresses grief over Mangalore Air India Express crash
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Saturday expressed her grief on the loss of lives in the Air India Express crash in Mangalore this morning. ANI

150 bodies recovered from Mangalore crash site
Rescue officials on Saturday said that they had recovered and retrieved 150 of the 158 bodies from the Air India Express air crash site, and added that efforts were on to fin the remaining eight. ANI

Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa extends help to Mangalore plane crash victims
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday said the State Government would extend all help to survivors of the Air India Express Flight crash in which 158 people were killed. ANI

Mangalore Air India Express crash: Vice-President Ansari expresses condolences
Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Saturday expressed shock and grief over the grievous loss of life resulting from the Air India Express crash in Mangalore this morning. ANI

Antony not to attend LCHs maiden flight function in Bengaluru
Defence Minister A K Antony has cancelled his Sundays visit to Bengaluru, where he was supposed to participate in the inaugural flight launch ceremony of the Advanced Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), in the wake of the Mangalore air disaster. ANI

Civil Aviation Ministry confirms 158 dead in Mangalore crash
The Civil Aviation Ministry on Saturday confirmed that 158 people died in the Air India Express Flight crash at Mangalore on Saturday morning, leaving behind eight survivors. ANI

No defect in crashed plane: Praful Patel
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who arrived here to access the situation following the crash of the Air India Express Flight from Dubai to Mangalore, said the plane overshot the runway, and there was no defect in it. ANI

US envoy condoles Mangalore air crash
U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, today offered his heart-felt condolences to all those who lost loved ones in this mornings Air India Express crash in Mangalore and his prayers for the speedy recovery of the survivors. ANI

Praful Patel arrives in Mangalore following Air India Express crash
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has arrived here to access the situation after the Air India Express Flight from Dubai to Mangalore crashed while landing at the Mangalore Airport this morning. ANI

Mangalore Air India Express survivor heard a loud thud before the crash
One of the survivors of the Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore that crashed while landing at the Mangalore airport on Saturday morning, said that it was raining outside and there was huge sound before the crash. ANI

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