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159 Killed in South India plane crash

India Plane crash


On Saturday, an Air India plane missed a runway and crashed in flames. The crash happened near the southern city of Mangalore, killing 159 people, but a handful of survivors managed to escape the burning debris.

According to Officials, the Boeing 737-800, which was carrying 160 passengers and six crewmembers on a flight from Dubai, made a touch down before careering off the end of the runway and ploughing into a shallow, forested gorge where it burst into flames that quickly engulfed the aircraft.

"As far as the information available with us is concerned, eight persons were rescued and shifted to local hospitals in Mangalore for treatment," Anup Shrivasta, Air India personnel director, told a news briefing in Mumbai.
A seven-year-old boy, had later died from his injuries.

This was the first major plane crash in India since 2000, 61 people died after a passenger plane crashed into a residential area near the eastern city of Patna.

One survivor, said that he had heard a loud thud as the plane touched down.

"Then the plane veered off toward some trees on the side and then the cabin filled with smoke. I got caught in some cables but managed to scramble out," said Farooq, who had burns to his arms, legs, and face.

Television images showed the plane had broken up, with smoke billowing from the main fuselage, as rescue workers sought to douse the fire with foam.

Rescue teams had to fight down steep, wooded slopes to reach the crash site, and were shown carrying body parts away from the site.

The flight manifest said the 160 passengers included 137 adults, nine children and four infants.