Six survive, 160 perish in Air India crash
MANGALORE, India – An Air India Express Boeing 737 overshot the runway, broke up and caught fire killing at least 160.
Miraculously, some on board were able to jump off the aircraft after it slammed into trees not far from the runway at Mangalore Airport.
Some reports suggest six people survived including a child.
“Air India Express regrets to announce that a B737-800 aircraft operating as flight IX-812 from Dubai to Mangalore was involved in an accident early this morning, May 22, 2010,” said an announcement from Air India which runs express line – a budget version of its main state-owned airline.
“The accident occurred after the aircraft landed at Mangalore airport and overshot the runway. Air India is currently confirming the identities of the casualties,” said the statement.
“Air India is deploying all its resources for assisting passengers and their families. Air India Express Dubai Airport Tel. Nos. 00971-4-2165828/2.”
Reports said there were 173 persons on board when the aircraft landed and then crashed at 06:40 Indian time on Saturday.
Over 50 firefighters were trying to bring the fire under control.
Why the plane crashed is not clear. Some reports said it was raining lightly at the time.
– will be updated by Ravi Matah who is reporting from India.
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