Saturday, May 22, 2010

165 feared dead in India plane crash

More than 160 people are feared dead after plane crashed in southern India early this morning. The Air India Express flight IX 812 is believed to have overshot the runway and burst into flames. Around 165 passengers were believed to be on board the Boeing 737-800 [similar to that pictured above] which was arriving at Mangalore from Dubai. "Around 160 people are feared dead in the crash. Only Six to seven might have survived," Home Minister of Karnataka, V S Acharya told CNN-IBN.

Firefighters were making efforts to rescue the survivors but were delayed in reaching the scene due to the hilly terrain. Twenty-five ambulances were dispatched to the crash site. Heavy rain is also hampering rescue efforts. 

Sources at Air India told CNN-IBN that the length of the runway is comparatively small. The cause of the accident which happened at 06:30 local time has yet to be ascertained but bad weather cannot be ruled out.

tvnewswatch, Beijing, China

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