Mangalore : Air India Express Crash - First Details

Mangalore : Air India Express Crash - First Details

Helpline numbers for Air India flight IX-812

Air India has set up the following helpline numbers for queries on its IX-812 Flight that crashed Saturday morning killing at least 158 people.

"To assist us in continuing to help those most affected by this accident, we request that relatives and close friends only contact our following telephone numbers so that communication lines are open to those who need it the most," the airline said in a statement.

Bangalore Helpline: +91-080-66785172 and 080-22273310

Mumbai Helpline: +91-022-2279 6161

Dubai Airport: +00971-4-2165828/29

"Air India is extending all its support to the emergency services and other agencies that are associated with this emergency. A team has been rushed to Mangalore," the airline said.

"Air India shall provide all assistance and cooperation to the regulatory authorities that will investigate the accident."

Updates at 11.25am, IST

Air India spokesman, K Swaminathan, said the flight IX 812 overshot the runway while landing. He gave no further details. There are speculations that the crash would have happened due to brake failure, error of judgment on the part of the pilot or tyre burst. The rescue operations were hit for an hour as the drizzle turned into heavy downpour, with parts of the plane having rolled into ravines near the airport. The local airport has been temporarily closed.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the loss of lives in the air crash at the Mangalore airport on Saturday and ordered payment of compensation of Rs.200,000 to the families of the deceased and Rs.50,000 for the injured. State Chief Minister, B S Yeddyyurappa, has instructed the district deputy commissioner to ensure that the injured are treated free of cost.  Kerala Chief Minister, Achutanandan, has also rushed to the airport here.

The Prime Minister also postponed an event scheduled at his official residence Saturday evening to celebrate his government's one year in office during its second tenure. The ‘Abbakka Rani Utsav’ being held in Ullal near Mangalore has been cancelled.

Over 70 bodies have been recovered so far and there are six survivors, Sabrina (23), Farooq, Mohammed Kunhi, Joel Pratap D’Souza, Kishore and Pradip.

As the bodies of the deceased passengers are being shifted to the mortuary of Wenlock Hospital, the relatives have been asked to visit the said hospital.

Union minister for external affairs, S M Krishna, along with his colleague in the civil aviation department, Praful Patel, on their way to the local airport, along with Veerappa Moily. State chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa, district in-charge minister, Krishna J Palemar, home minister, Dr V S Acharya and MP, Nalin Kumar Kateel have already reached Bajpe airport.

The tentative figures have now put the number of deceased at 137 adult passengers, 23 children and six crew members. Many of the bodies are charred beyond recognition with some of the bodies found with . The fire has been extinguished now, and smoke is smouldering from the aircraft.

Almost all the passengers were from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kasargod districts. So far, there is information about seven rescued, who have been put up in AJ, KSHEMA, SCS, Wenlock and KMC Hospitals. AJ Hospital sources said that they are treating Sabina (23), an intern with KMC, who was found hanging from a tree, and that she is out of danger. A man named Farooq, who jumped from the aircraft, has also survived. However, an eight year-old female child, was brought dead to the hospital.

An additional helpline, 0824 – 2010167 has been set up to help the people. It is learnt that the following were among those who travelled by the said aeroplane. Air India is yet to release its official list of passengers.

1. Flavy Lobo (Mother)
2. Vinisha Lobo (Daughter)
3. Vishal Lobo (Son)
4. Reshma Rai (Mother)
5. Naland Rai (Son)
6. Reshma's Infant daughter (Name unknown)
7. Ullas D'Silva

Update at 9.15am, IST

Mangalore: Helplines Established, Rescue Operations On

Naseem Zaidi, Director General of Civil Aviation, has rushed to Mangalore to guide the operations in Mangalore. Union minister, Veerappa Moily, is also on way to reach the local airport. Helplines No. 0824-2220422 and 011-25603101 have been established to provide information to the people.

The ill-fated aircraft, as per the version of a few people who saw the accident from a distance, appeared to be landing, when suddenly it overshot the runway and exploded. So far, 35 bodies have been recovered and the tentative figure of casualties stands at 150.

Air Marshal Chengappa, who was contacted by a few media houses, felt that landing of aircraft in the Table Top airport here, requires special skills as there is hardly any overshoot area. He assumed that Boeing 737 aircraft is equipped with enough gadgets for a safe landing and hence, human error could be the reason for the accident. Even if it was a case of poor visibility, the pilot would have taken the aircraft up again and hover around the airport till the visibility improved, he reasoned. But it is too early to come to a conclusion about the cause of the accident. No information is forthcoming from the local authorities. Over 25 ambulances and 20 fire tenders have been pressed into service to take up relief and rescue operations.

The blackbox of the aircraft is yet to be retrieved. The number of people admitted into hospitals is as yet uncertain, although it is learnt that four survivors are among them. The commandos have cordoned off the accident site, and people are not being allowed to approach the spot.

State Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa, has sought the central help to handle the situation. 

Update at 9.00am IST (By Gabriel Vaz, Bangalore)

Expressing shock as the news of the Air India Express Boeing 737 crash near Mangalore Airport early this morning, the chief minister told DAIJIWORLD that he will be flying to Mangalore by emergency helicopter to oversee rescue operations and see whether the State Governemnt can offer any assistance.

``Fire Service force as well as senior police officers are already at the spot. Ambulances have also reached the place,” he said.

The chief minister pointed out that he was not sure of the exact details but had come to know that about 6 to 8 persons have been rescured so far and rushed to hospitals for treatment. ``I understand that their condition is critical,” he said.

The chief minister said he was yet to get detailed information on the exact number of people on board, though unconfirmed reports suggested that there were about 160 persons comprising passengers and crew, who were coming to Mangalore from Dubai.

"We don’t know how many of the people are from Karnataka or from neighbouring Kerala State,” he said assuring all help from the State Government.

The State Government was already in touch with the Centre and the Civil Aviation authorities.

There are reports stating that Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel and Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily have also already left for Mangalore.

Update at 8.00am

According to Home Minister V S Acharya about 150 people are feared dead in the Air India Express IX 892 from Dubai that crash landed in Bajpe Airport this morning. There were about 169 passengers on board. It is said that due to poor visibility the plane overshot the runway and caught fire and fell into the nearby gorge in a hilly forest area. Only six passengers are believed to be safe and are admitted to various hospitals in the city.

It is also learnt that the pilot gave no distress signal. Rescue operations are on in full swing at the site of the plane crash with  fire fighters, police  and civilians rendering a helping hand in shifting passengers to the hospital. Rescue operations are greatly hit due to the rains and the uneven terrain.  

Update at 7.30am:

Air India Express from Dubai which crash landed in Mangalore this morning near Bajpe airport in Mangalore was believed to be carrying 123 (To be confirmed) passengers. Six people are already admitted to different hospitals in the city. Huge casualties are expected as the plane crashed in a hilly terrain between Deccan Park and the railway crossing with a heavy roar and thick flames and hence fire service could not reach the crashed area immediately. Villagers were among the first to reach the spot. Thick smoke is coming out of the plane and officials and fire services people battling to douse the fire.  

First posting 6.56am IST

Mangalore, May 22: Air India Express, the national carrier coming from Dubai has crashed while landing at Mangalore Aiport around 6.00am Saturday, May 22, 2010.  The plane had taken off  Dubai Aiport around 1.10am Dubai time has been carrying around 150 plus passengers.

Air India Officials of Mangalore Airport are not immediately available for comments.

Daijiworld will keep you updated about the incident.

Comment on this article

  • areef hameed, chennai

    Wed, Jun 2 2010

    Very sad news. This is purely pilot error as may be as it is really stupid to land in the middle of the runway with a ILS approach when the weather was fine. The think the pilot took a chance but he played with the lives of all the passengers. I hope pilot realise if they made a wrong approach they can always go around but in the airport like mangalore once touched down it is difficult to take of again with no runway left at sight. It is a very traggic incident were lot of childrens were involved. I pray to god and their family for this great sorrow and may all the soul allah give paradise.

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  • Ryan, Mangalore

    Fri, May 28 2010

    very very sad to see what has happenned in mangalore.may their soul rest in peace

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  • Saritha k, USA

    Tue, May 25 2010

    My heartfelt sympathies to the families for the loss of their loved ones. Will pray to GOD to give these families strength to live through this tragedy.

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  • mubeen, hebri/bangalore

    Sun, May 23 2010

    lets pray for the people who died by the plane crash....let their soul rest in peace

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  • mithun , mangalore

    Sun, May 23 2010

    A shocking, sad and a black day that cannot be forgotten amonngst the mangalorean memories. On behalf of kuwait expatites my deep condolences to the victims of the families. may it never ever happen again. my heart feels ripped off when i watch the scenes. i hope the govt and the authorites take constructive measures for not happening like this kind of incident again.

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  • Mohammed Ismail Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

    Sun, May 23 2010

    Heartfelt condolences to all those families who lost their near and dear ones in the Air India Express air crash in Mangalore. May Almighty ALLAH rest their soul in peace & grant them Jannat Al Firdaus. Aameen. We pray for the well being of all those who are injured.

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  • Lavina Mendonca, Moodubelle /Dubai

    Sun, May 23 2010

    I Feel very sad for the Families of dead people.Will Pray for the families.God will give them Peace.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Very sad for the families.

    This is a ridiculous pilot error and landing in the middle of a runway is not part of the rules.

    A set of mistakes have happened here and it was costly and instead of covering the mistake, let us learn from the mistakes and make sure that the new runway has latest technology warning and safety systems in place to warn the approaching aircraft of possible issues.

    Also, was A320 type ILS (Instrument Landing System) not mandatory at such a dangerous airport?

    What about weather conditions - does the airport support latest weather warning and guidance systems.

    Keep in mind this is a "one landing try" only runway given the fact that on 3 sides there is a hilly terrain.

    Please give us more facts and give us solutions.

    This should not happen in any place in the world and it is very sad.

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  • sujithpolali, POLALI, RIYADH

    Sat, May 22 2010

    very sad news, its a black day in the histroy of mangaloreans

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  • Jamaluddin Abbusali, Hejamadi/Al-Jubail-Saudi Arabia

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Museebath ki Khabar. Allah grant them Paradise.

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  • Veena, mangalore

    Sat, May 22 2010

    A sad incident that shook almost all of us. Was totally upset on seeing the pictures.

    Words definitely cannot heal the pains of a lost person.
    May their souls rest in life.

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  • claster, kallianpur dubai

    Sat, May 22 2010

    iam deeply sypaheyes fly members.our losse peopls srrowing rest in peacefly .

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  • Haneef Basara , Dubai

    Sat, May 22 2010

    I am deeply saddened to hear the lost of families i hope that accept our most sincere sympathy and condolences.
    Words cannot heal the pains of losing someone...
    Haneef basara Dubai

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  • Vincent Cutinha, Bahrain

    Sat, May 22 2010

    Very Sad News

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