Air India crash kills 158
23 / 05 / 2010
AN Air India Express 737-800 has crashed at Mangalore killing 158 of the 166 people on board.
Arriving from Dubai, the aircraft overshot the runway into a ravine, broke into pieces and then burst into flames.
Anup Srivastava, an Air India spokesman, would not comment on the cause of the crash. “We have regulatory authorities that will conduct investigations according to procedure. There will be an inquiry, and the reason will emerge.”
However, one survivor claims a wheel burst on landing.
Criticism has now been raised at the shortness of the runway’s safety zone, which is “only 300ft” says one safety expert.