Mangalore Air Crash : Abu Dhabi Man on Crashed Plane was Going for Mother's Funeral

Abu Dhabi Man on Crashed Plane was Going for Mother's Funeral

Dubai, May 22 (IANS) Abu Dhabi based Shailesh Brahmavar Rao, who was on board the ill-fated Air India Express aircraft that crashed Saturday morning in India's Mangalore city, was travelling to India to attend his mother's funeral.

The Air India Express passenger plane flying from Dubai overshot the runway after landing at Mangalore airport, killing 158 people. There are eight survivors.

Rao's wife Mavis Corda, who works as a nurse at the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, was worried about his fate.

"My cousin has gone to the airport and I am just praying to hear some good news," Gulf News quoted Corda as saying.

Mavis and Rao had flown in an Air India Express Thursday when they returned to the UAE after visiting Rao's critically ill mother.

"We just returned on Thursday and on Friday we received news that my mother-in-law expired. My husband took the night flight to attend his mother's funeral," said a worried Corda.

Plane Crash Survivors





Survivor jumped out of gap in broken aircraft: relative

Mangalore (Karnataka), May 22 (IANS) One of the survivors of the air crash, Umar Farooq, said he escaped by jumping out of from a gap when the plane broke immediately after shooting off the runway at the Mangalore airport.

"He told us that as soon as the aircraft started landing, the front wheel burst and the plane shot off the runway before catching fire. There was a crack in the aircraft. He jumped out of it and ran away," Farooq's relative told NDTV news channel.

"There were two-three people who also jumped out. But we don't know if they survived. Umar Farooq received burn injuries on his hand and face," said the relative.

Farooq also told his family that there was no pre-landing message from the crew and the passengers were not even asked to fasten their seat belts.

Mangalore's 'table top' airport surrounded by gorges 

Mangalore (Karnataka), May 22 (IANS) Flying into Mangalore has always been considered difficult because the airport is on top of a hill and surrounded by deep gorges that are just 30 metres from the runway.

The airport is at Bajpe, about 20 km from Mangalore and 350 km from the state capital Bangalore. The runway is called the table top because of the deep gorges surrounding it.

Ironically, the new terminal building was inaugurated only May 15 by union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

The Mangalore airport is considered one of the most difficult ports to land and take off from, particularly in the rainy season. It has been raining heavily in the area, an impact of cyclone Laila.

It is not clear whether the Air India Express, which caught fire Saturday, landed at the old runway, about 1.6 km in length, or the new 2.6 km runway that became operational in 2006.

Mangalore is a busy commercial and education centre on the west coast. It has a mixed population of Hindus, Christians and Muslims and four languages - Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Urdu - are spoken. It has a busy port, the New Mangalore Port.

It has been in the news for wrong reasons in the last few years because of increasing communal tension. The most infamous incident was that of young girls being attacked by self-appointed protectors of Hindutva at a pub in Mangalore in January 2009.

Most bodies charred beyond recognition

Mangalore (Karnataka), May 22 (IANS) Most victims of the Air India Express crash near here Saturday were charred beyond recognition, with the front portion of the plane completely burnt, rescue workers said.

Flight IX 812 was scheduled to land at Bajpe airport, about 30 km from here, around 6.00 a.m. in cloudy weather and a drizzle.

There was utter confusion at the airport as no one could initially make out what happened, an airport official said.

"There was thick smoke. Soon we saw the flames," the official said.

Air India authorities said there was no distress signal from the pilots when they were landing or after the plane touched the runway.

Since the plane fell into a gorge, it took some time for airport workers, police and the fire service to reach the place.

Comment on this article

  • Mansoor, Dubai

    Mon, May 24 2010

    May god rest these souls in heaven
    Its very big tragic moment to all Indians we all have to pray the god for these souls may rest in peace. And my appeal to this sleeping government to look this matter seriously so that it should never happen again.

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  • Alwyn Lobo, Mangalore-USA

    Sun, May 23 2010

    May the souls departed rest in peace. May almighty God shower his blessings on all the familly members who in deep sorrow. My humble request to all let us all pray for one another and live a human life. Only almighty God will always safe guards us. Almighty God please forgive the sins who departed in this accident and give strength and courage to all in deep sorrow, we are asking to you in Jesus name, Amen.

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  • Ranjit Shetty, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Very horrible and shocking news. No guarantee on life. But aviation department is completely responsible for this. Illfated flight killed innocent people...

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  • Manoj Kumar, Surathkal/Muscat

    Sat, May 22 2010

    We plead to the take precautionary measures 2 avoid this kind of incidents in th future,y th new runway is made short wen thr is space available around its an international airport.May the souls rest in peace of the deceased.

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  • Jeet, Mangalore

    Sat, May 22 2010



    TAKE CARE............

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  • Jess Lobo, Belthangady, Kuwait

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Its a great shocking news to India where the country lost many this morning with the tragic accident. My heartful condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.

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  • Rajesh Lobo, Bantwal/Abudhabi

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Its a great shocking news to all of us that we have lost our dear one's in this tragedy.
    May Their Soul Rest in Peace...

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  • Ram, India

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Let God bless all the departed souls and give strength to people to overcome this tragic news.

    This airport is not suitable for commercial operation. There aren't such table top airports being used for landing commercial and international flights. Some vested interests have denied a good airport for the people of region it was long term demand from people of the region to have a international airport with international standards but the current table top airport in the steep hill was converted into international, to calm down the local anger..Aviation safety is at it worst..but who cares?

     India is turning into a land of sinners, spiritual character of india is lost..Does God get angry? Yes, he indeed gets angry at the sinners..refer old testament, holy bible , holy Koran or Gita. It's time to get united in this grief that has struck upon us, nobody cares of our welfare, you have to take your destiny collectively, work together to built a community of character, integrity and honesty and with many such communities we will have a nation of character, honesty and integrity, where we will have mutual respect for each other and live in harmony without spreading venom of hatred in the society.

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  • Sr.Michelle.B.S., Kulshekar

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Its a great shocking news to all of us that we have lost our dear one's in this tragedy.My heartfelt condolences to all the families who have lost their dear ones.May God give them the strength and courage to bear this pain.May their soul rest in peace.

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  • Deepak, Udupi

    Sat, May 22 2010

    It was a shock to our family, May His soul rest in peace.
    Cousins & Friends of Shailesh

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  • Richard Fernandes, Nala Managalore, Mumbai

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Horrible, May rest departed souls for heavenly peace. My prayers to departed family members.

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  • sunil shriyan, mumbai

    Sat, May 22 2010

    It has one of the greatest tragedies to hit human race.May both the souls - of the son and the mother rest in peace. We should try to avoid such incidents to occur again.

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  • Adrian, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Its very Sad.
    May Their Soul Rest in Peace...

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