Breaking News: An India Plane crashed on Saturday Afternoon on landing in Mangalore, Southwestern India killing 166 on board. So far eight survivors for the disaster:
An Air India passenger plane crashed as it came into land in the southern city of Mangalore on Saturday, killing most of the 166 people on board, AFP reported.
Mangalore deputy police commissioner R. Ramesh said the flight from Dubai — a Boeing 737 carrying 160 passengers and six crew — crashed about 6:30 a.m. (local time) after overshooting the runway.
“As far as the information available with us is concerned, eight persons were rescued and shifted to local hospitals in Mangalore for their treatment,” Anup Shrivasta, Air India personnel director, told a news briefing in Mumbai.
“Air India is right now busy in confirming the casualties,” Shrivastava said.
Surviving victims of the crash describe the accident details:
“My hands, face and legs are all burnt. There was a lot of smoke and fire inside and there was no way to get out,” Uner Farooq, his head wrapped in bandages, told the NDTV channel from his hospital bed.
The accident is the worst air disaster in India since 2000 and Air India spokesperson says there are survivors:
The disaster is the worst plane crash in India since 61 people were killed when a passenger plane crashed into a residential area near the eastern city of Patna in 2000.
“There are a few survivors,” an Air India spokesman in Mumbai told AFP. “We have confirmed that. But we don’t have the number,” he added.
Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya called for local people’s cooperation in what he called “this hour of crisis” and urged them to stay away from the crash site.
“It is feared that most of the people have died,” Acharya told reporters.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, although Ramesh said the airport had been lashed by heavy rains which had hampered rescue efforts.
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