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Saturday, May 22, 2010 6:56:27 AM (IST)  

Air India Express Crashes at Mangalore Airport

Air India Express Crashes at Mangalore Airport

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  • Mangalore: Air Crash Victims’ Families Form Registered Association
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  • Mangalore: Stealing Valuables from Air Crash Victims – Main Accused Held
  • Mangalore: AI Disburses Compensation to Air Crash Victims’ Kin
  • Mangalore Crash : Lone Woman Survivor Sabrina Released from Hospital
  • Mangalore Air Crash : Shahnawaz Contradicts Records, Says He Is Alive !
  • Rs. 7.56 cr Paid Among Air Crash Victims' Kin: Air India
  • Retired Air Marshal to Head Mangalore Crash Inquiry
  • Mangalore Crash: Mass Funeral for 12 Victims Amidst All-faith Prayers
  • Mangalore: Families Agree for Mass Funeral of Unidentified Victims
  • Mangalore: Another Survivor of Air Crash Goes Home
  • Mangalore: Man Accused of Stealing Valuables of Crash Victims Arrested
  • Mangalore crash: Captain Ignored Co-pilot's Plea to Abort Landing
  • Mangalore : Joel’s Survival in the Air Crash is a Faith Experince
  • Mangalore: All Religion Condolence Meet to Mourn Crash Victims’ Held
  • Bajpe Airport: Runway Length to be Increased from 8000 to 9000 ft
  • Mangalore: Air India Strives to Reach Compensation to Victims’ Families
  • Mangalore: Grieving Families Bid Farewell to crew Member Rana, Joel
  • Civic Condolence Programme Held at Mangalore Airport
  • Mangalore: Relatives Refuse to Claim Body - Doubts on Reliability of DNA Test
  • Public Condolence for Air Crash Victims Held at Milagres Grounds
  • Mangalore Plane Crash: 10 More Bodies Identified Through DNA Test
  • Mangalore: Three Aircraft Crew Among 22 Unidentified Crash Victims
  • Mangalore : New Job Claimed Joen Saldanha's Life
  • Mangalore : Survivors Thank God and Leave...
  • Mangalore: Air Crash in Local Airport – Black Box Found
  • Kuwait & Dubai : Expats Pay Tribute to Plane Crash Victims
  • Mangalore : Air Crash Kills Fernandes Couple, Leaves Daughter Orphan
  • Mangalore: People Condole Death of Victims, Organize Candlelight Vigil
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  • Mangalore : Kin Bid Tearful Adieu to Dear Ones
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  • To Fly or Not to Fly...?
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  • Mangalore Crash: AI Sets up 6 Centres to Expedite Claims
  • AIE Crash : All 158 Bodies Recovered - 25 Still Unidentified
  • Mangalore : Pilot ‘error’ Under Scanner
  • 'Do Not Speculate Causes that Led to Crash' - AI Tells Media
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  • TOP  Updates:

    Sense of Gloom Prevails in Coastal Districts...

    Pics by Dayananda Kukkaje
    Daijiworld Media Network - (FR)

    Mangalore, May 25: In the coastal districts of Mangalore and Udupi there is still a pall of gloom  everywhere as the family members, relatives, friends and the general public are yet to come to terms with the tragic incident of the air crash in Mangalore in which 158 people perished on Saturday.  The shell-shocked people are unable to even think that such a tragedy could happen in Mangalore.  The scene at the crash site and at the Wenlock hospitals is really heart rending one as relatives are grappling with the loss of their loved ones and trying to identify the charred bodies to perform the last rites, which is proving to be an uphill task.  The scene at the district hospital is sure to melt the hearts of anyone.  Family members and relatives have been thronging to the District Wenlock hospital crying desperately in search of their loved ones without bothering about water, food, rest or sleep. Their swollen faces sleep-deprived eyes and crumpled clothes telltale the sad situation of their helplessness in coming to grapple with the tragedy.

    The general atmosphere in and around the coastal districts is very depressing and everywhere people seems to be talking about the tragedy sympathizing with the families which lost their loved ones.  One can just imagine the fate of the households and their family members which lost multiple lives in the ghastly incident.   Friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbours and the general public irrespective of caste, creed or religion have visited the families of victims to express their condolences and share their grief.  The spontaneity with which the civilians of Mangalore responded in rendered their selfless service in the rescue operations risking their own lives, safety or exhaustion is commendable. The fact that a majority of the force throughout the rescue operations was civillian speaks volumes of the Good Samaritan nature of Mangaloreans, which is the only consolation many of the grief stricken families could have. 

    Moodubelle - Udupi

    Kulshekar - Mangalore

    While not able to anything more the citizens along with their elected representatives and NGO’s took out a peace march yesterday in the city to express condolences and solidarity with the bereaved families.  It was gratifying to note that the district administration, the police force  and the elected representatives taking over the responsibility  of visiting the crash site and the hospital to provide  solace to the grief stricken families and oversee the rescue operations and other arrangements. The district administration made arrangements to provide food and water to those who have been waiting at the hospitals for the bodies.  Volunteers were seen distributing water bottles to the sorrowing families. Distrinct-in-charge minister J Krishna Palemar even vented his anger against some international channel for wrong bytes from the relatives of victims.  Many public functions were cancelled and some even toned down the celebrations to express their solidarity with the families of victims. 

    The ordeal of the families and relatives of some of the dead is not over yet as they are not able to recognized the bodies which are charred beyond recognition.  The doctors at the hospital are doing their best to cope with the enormity of the situation.  Finally they are waiting for the DNA tests to be done to identify the bodies, which are the only course left to handover the bodies to the rightful claimants. 

    Mangaloreans are known for their resilience especially when odds are pitted against them.  The ghastly tragedy has shown the humanness we all have.  Amidst the catastrophe Mangaloreans faced last Saturday, there is a glimmer of hope that has emerged that we all have similar feelings, pain and grief which is binds us all together, especially when the need arises.   

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    Comments on this article
    Singh Vahini Engineers -CEO, Ajit Singh
    Wednesday, December 22, 2010

    Noted the remark contents from across the viewers, and we see that the Aviation Industry has either in person, or as an Organization, has ignored the core Factor of RELIABILITY.
    Mr. ROLAND SALINS seems to be very Professional. What Mr. Salins says is absolutely Correct in prosessional sense.

    Take, if the Capt./Polot announces that he is going to take-off with 99.999% Reliability he would have no Passangers as well as airline Service Crew members left with him unless 100% RELIABILITY is ensured before take-off.

    Nevertheless, even if the Capt./Piolt gets a hint or feel of even a lesser lapse than 0.001% Reliability in his aircraft systems he announces an instant landing at the nearest Airport for that safety lapse of lesser than 0.001% which is a Potential Threat leading to Multi Billion dollars PLUS un-quantifyable, un-measurable & un- accountable Value of Lost Lives. Thanks to Mr. Salins, an Aeronautical Engineer with Crisis Management & Damage Control expert & Specialist. Such personnel should be called and given a position of POWER & Authority for genuine developments.

    Ajit Singh

    Anil Mathew Lewis, Mangalore
    Wednesday, December 08, 2010

    They were near to the native place, but a sudden unthinkable worst failure. Felt very sad. Never expected.

    Oh Lord.! Let their soul rest in Peace. Amen.

    Maria, Mangalore
    Wednesday, July 07, 2010

    When they found the black box they said that it got damaged and they have taken it to USA for the repair and investigate the truth. Still it’s not repaired………?? Or trying to make us fools..?????? If we are not going to fight, the souls of departed will not be satisfied. So Jaago India Jaago. Let’s fight for the truth.

    sharal shalet prasad, mangalore/ dubai
    Monday, July 05, 2010

    Really heartbreaking, may thier soul rest in peace. lets all pray god such disaster never ever should happen to any one.

    Austin P Caldeira, Lowlands/Mangalore
    Thursday, July 01, 2010

    Heartfelt condolence to all the family

    manicha.B.K, coorg .Ethiopia. East africa.
    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    heartfelt condolence to all the family

    manicha.B.K, coorg .Ethiopia. East africa.
    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    heartfelt condolence to all the family

    manicha.B.K, coorg
    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    heartfelt condolence to all the family

    kodoth venugopal, kerala/ kanhangad
    Friday, June 25, 2010

    it was a very shoking news to everyone specily people like me who is working in dubai airport and everyday we see the a/c . i use to travel by mangalore airport from 1982 and few days before i was there and iam very proud of mangalore airport.let us pray for there soul i lost 3 of my friends.

    preetham almeida, kundapur
    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    its very very sad after viewing those pics .. really a disaster which never repeat again i hope in future for managalore

    R.T.Shetty, Doha/Kundapur
    Saturday, June 05, 2010

    There is nothing else then to offer my deepest condolences to victims of aircrash at Mangalore. I am frequent traveller to Manglore mainly thru AIE.Though accidents do happen in daily life , The print and visual media coverage was totally not in good ethics showing dead/burnt bodies of victims and judgeing the cause of accident . Meanwhile we shall appreicate concern shown by all authorites and peoples around extending best possible help to rescuce and to depenedents.No doubt it is scary when aircrafts approch landing and take sharp turn before touching down on runway. I am not able to understand why they can not approch stright like they land in other airports.It is sad it is locals who noticed crash first and not the authorites in the airport. With so many theories floated by media and experts as a common man i belive it is confusion to land or to take off again in the mind of pilot could have contributed to disaster.Though it was scary to fly back on same airlines after the accident all fears gone once I boarded the aircraft on my return journey couple days back. I am sure safety standards will be increased by all airlines. Meanwhile let us hope for best and afe journey for all travellers in future

    camil dsouza, Udyavara Udupi
    Friday, June 04, 2010

    as regarding the blackbox its now found and under investigation but whats the true fact that they will never reveal for the public .now i hear that the auothorities have instructed the fresh safety norms

    1 in my opinion these sort of safety norms must have introduced long back why now ? n whats the use

    Roshan, Mangalore
    Friday, June 04, 2010

    Slower cruising speeds, sharper turns and high speed approaches.. longer working hours for the flight crew all towards saving valuable ATF (Fuel) and costs.
    The truth will never come out why AI Express crashed at Mangalore.... so keep guessing guys !!!

    Mohd Ansar Basrur Habibullah, Basrur/Dubai. U.A.E.
    Thursday, June 03, 2010

    Very sad for whole India especially for Karnataka. This aircrash claimed 160 lives. I too lost my cousin sisters whole family and another cousin sisters only daughter. I extend my heartfelt condolnces to the families of the deceased and pray for eternal peace.

    Fr. Wilfred Moras, Neerude
    Thursday, June 03, 2010

    I express my heartfelt sympathies to all families who lost their loved ones. I know their loved ones are with the Lord. Words are not enough to express the sorrow. I only pray that the Lord give the strength and courage to all the families who have lost their loved one's and grant the eternal peace for all the departed souls.May their souls rest in peace & May God comfort those family members to bear this terrible loss.

    Pastor E. W. Frank, Udupi
    Monday, May 31, 2010

    Very sad to see 158 souls died for no faults. However I appreciate our Mangaloreans, helping during the crash whole heartedly, to recover the bodies, and help other victims. May the Lord bless all those who participated in helping and grant them peace joy and blessings. I also express my deep condolences for the departed souls familes that the Lord should wipe out all tears and touch their broken hearts with HIS tender loving care. Let all the departed souls rest in peace.

    In HIS unspeakable love
    Pastor Frank

    Pastor E. W. Frank, Udupi
    Monday, May 31, 2010

    Very sad to see 158 souls died for no faults. However I appreciate our Mangaloreans, helping during the crash whole heartedly, to recover the bodies, and help other victims. May the Lord bless all those who participated in helping and grant them peace joy and blessings. I also express my deep condolences for the departed souls familes that the Lord should wipe out all tears and touch their broken hearts with HIS tender loving care. Let all the departed souls rest in peace.

    In HIS unspeakable love
    Pastor Frank

    Saturday, May 29, 2010


    Maria, Mangalore
    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    One can see the innocence in little Viona’s face as she lost her parents. She does not know why people are joined there and why her parents are sleeping without making any noise. May God give her strength and courage to bear this unmanageable loss in her future life. God bless you dear Viona!

    Roberto Milán, SãoLuis Maranhão Brazil
    Friday, May 28, 2010

    We need to do something to avoid red flowers
    But. we need to do something to avoid red flowers, we do qe authorities implementing the RMAP.
    We must demand that the aeronautical authorities adding more value to human life that the aircraft manufacturers' lobbyists.
    Because aircraft manufacturers, will have to re call of all aircraft type worldwide and this siguinifica trillion U.S. dollars.
    The regret and sadness can be avoided with our actions.
    For this show to please all who know this:
    Thank you for all.
    Roberto Milán

    Roberto Milán, São luis, Marnhão Brasil
    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 14:28:57 -0300
    Subject: RES: Agora eles sabem o porque do acidente da TAM, Temos que enfrentar a verdade. (CONTINUAÇÃO)
    Prezado Sr. Roberto Milán
    Acusamos o recebimento de suas informações e agradecemos a sua prestimosa colaboração. Seu relato está sendo devidamente encaminhado para a Área Técnica especializada do assunto, que tomará as providências cabíveis quanto ao tema em pauta. Todas as informações serão analisadas pelos nossos especialistas, que irão reformular todos os procedimentos afim de sanar as falhas pelo senhor apresentadas.
    Kátia N. Portella Nunes
    Gerente Técnico
    Superintendência de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária-SIE
    Agência nacional de Aviação Civil- ANAC"
    ( “que irão reformular todos os procedimentos afim de sanar as falhas pelo senhor apresentadas.”
    “that they will reformulate all procedures to make amends for no more happen the failures by you presented “ )
    Please, show it to Every Body that you Know.
    Help me to save lives.
    Now, we a Back in the Same Point.
    What is more important? Flight Safety, Human Lives or FBW System, No Applying of RMAP and BACS?
    Now they are forced all Pilots Flying the Aircraft with out Flight Safety!
    It is a Russian Roulette Do You Want to Die? Leave your Family?
    So, Come to my Fight for the Flight Safety! For the Lives!
    Please, show it to Everybody that you Know! Just it!
    You can see all this Article in the Address:
    Roberto Milán.

    Krish Mohan, Sunnyvale, CA
    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Precision Approaches are not needed, every plane and pilot is certified for non precision approaches. The "Minimums" for a Non Precision Approaches (VOR/NDB/GPS etc.) are more than Precision Approach(ILS). If the sky is clear, Pilots usually land using Visual.

    Krish Mohan, Sunnyvale, CA
    Friday, May 28, 2010

    As a pilot and an electronics engineer, I would like say that Mobile phones had nothing to do with this. Even if people in every seat were using their mobile phones, it will NOT affect the Instruments. The use of banning mobile phones started in the US, so that Airlines can make people use the "Seat Phone" and charge them $10 per minute. I personally do not want people to use mobile phone in a plane/bus/train because of noise pollution. Think about this, if a mobile phone can cause a plane to crash, then you should ban all mobile phones in the vicinity of an airport. We should wait for the Official inquiry to complete to know the cause(s). I hate to say this, but statistics heavily weighs towards "Pilot Error" in most accident investigation.

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Its with sorrowful n wet eyes to see the pictures of the mangalore air crash. I n my family alongwith out friends pray to Almigthy God that may their soul's rest in peace, n to give strength to the family members, near and dears ones to bear the seperation of the loved ones, our heart felt condolence to the effected familes.

    jesan dsouza, mudigere
    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    eternal rest grant to them o lord let perpetual light shine upon them and may their soul rest in peace.........and let their family members may get strength to accpect the fact............

    Thursday, May 27, 2010


    Rahul, Bangalore, California
    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    It's the SAD story - but, it's also a NAKED TRUTH that LIFE on earth is TEMPORARY.

    When this kind of accidents occurs people have some strange feeling and strange views.

    I am surprised to see that some people comments on the AIRPORT and others on the MOBILE Phones, Pilot, Politics etc.

    However, my giving this kind of suggestion they are just making the like of OTHERs touch.

    UNNECESSARY things - They just know something about Mobile phones and Technology and they give their suggestions. They must know that Mobile phones doesn't do anything to get the plane crashed.

    Mangalore Airport is running since many years and they cannot blame the same.

    What will you do ?
    Do you seal the whole Airport.
    Do you make another billions to construct and renovate the Airport ?
    This will make extra burden/ price increase.

    Also, now a days people are unnecessarily installing many things in the name of Anti-Terrorism.

    Remember, human beings are living on earth since infinite times and it continue.
    The MORAL is don't blame others for accidents, don't give unnecessary suggestions that will increase prices.
    Don't give extra suggestion in the name of SECURITY.

    If you think SECURITY is such a concern then built something that will allow you to live FOREVER in this WORLD.

    I am 100% sure you cannot do this, even whole population of world cannot do this.

    Just HELP the POOR and service the HUMANITY. Do good things and SUPPORT goodness.

    Francis Fernandes, Udupi, Mangalore
    Thursday, May 27, 2010

    I too agree with Mr.Chandrashekar Shetty's message. I convey my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives during this plane crash. May their soul rest in peace.

    Asha Nazareth, Byndoor (Mumbai)
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    It's really shocking news. May the souls of all who passed away in the plance crash rest in peace. May God give strength to theeir families and loved ones.

    P Dsouza, Mangalore
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    This accident is similar to the one that occured on June 1st 1999 at Little Rock Airport, U.S.A. on flight 1420 American Airlines. It was aired on National Geographic Channel Season 1 'Racing the Storm'

    Steven, Sharjah/Mangalore
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    After reading various comments,I too agree that one of the reasons for this disaster could be use of mobile phones.
    I have a suggestion, All the airlines should make it mandatory that one should deposit their mobile phones or any other electronic gadjets which may hinder function of sophesticated planes computer system in a specially made pouches against a token to claim it while getting down. I know it is time consuming but, worth a millions time if it saves prescious lives.
    Do you readers of Daiji agree with me? or any better suggestion please.

    vincent fernandea (mogachi lahran), cascia-dubai
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    my heartfull condolences to who they have lost loved ones in this tragedy

    Lanston /india, shankarpura
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Yesterday I knew where I was going what I was to do today is different The pain is too much to bear,Her hopes have disappeared in thin air,Why me, why me.. She begs for answers,
    The answers are never there. Sometimes a wait brings hope,
    And it calms our anxious hearts,
    But some “wait” bring only sorrow,
    A wait that has no tomorrow.

    Gabriel Francis David, Gadag/Hubli
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    It is very painful to bear the loss of the dear & loved ones. I hav'nt got any words which can console at this moment of grieve. But I pray whole heartedly for the comforting hands of Lord Jesus Christ on all the family members whose have lost their valuable lives in this tragedy. I am very much grateful to one and all who joined thier humble hands in this sorrowful event without giving any chance for caste and creed working very unitedly to show that we are The TRUE INDIANS. I am very much proud of all of you for taking a quick step in team work and helped each other with concerned authorities and is greatly appreciated. I am very much grateful to one and all who have Voluntarily taken their keen interest for help and service. I am really very much proud and very much thankfull for all of your efforts. May God Bless you all.

    Laveena Mascarenhas, Mangalore
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Every time i watch the sky i only remember the terrifying disaster that happened at Mlore.
    Nothing can replace the emptiness in the shocked families . . . .
    God grant eternal rest to the departed and strength to the loved ones to bear their loss .

    Sunil Saldanha, Doha, Qatar, Mangalore
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Looking at the Pictures and hearing the cries of the families who have lost their dear ones is really Painful and I pray to Almighty God that he may give courage and strength to all who have lost their loved ones in this Air crash. I believe that the Aviation Authorities should look into the matter of the the table top strip for Landing, was it not for the deep Valley all the passengers would be alive today. I hope the Govt will take immediate action to rectify and arrange a better runway so that no more lives may be lost.

    ishaq, ishaq bajipe
    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    My heart goes out to all the families who have lost their loved ones. May god bless them

    Rolson, Shirva
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    This incident should not be Forgotten... This scar on our heart and mind should remain, it should provoke us against corruption and mal practices prevailing in our country! We should all become one Strong voice against the evil Deeds

    Kusuma Kumari G , Nellore/Manipal
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    I feel the Bajpe airport disaster was waiting to happen. The plane overshoot the runway . There might have been many reasons including the pilots error . But before blaming the pilots i feel the "table top ' runway is the main cause of the disaster I feel the goverment should make immediate steps to icrease the length of runway and make better landing facilities at Mangalore

    Vijay, Udupi-USA
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    My heart goes out to all the families who have lost their loved ones. May god bless them

    This could be the pilot's fault. He completely misjudged the landing distance. He might have landed the flight almost at the end of runway, where it was too late to bring the flight under control(he might have freaked out too).

    Mangalya Menezes, Mangalore/USA
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Heartfelt condolences to all the families.

    Rudy almeida, Dubai/Nakre
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Having no words to express my feelings. I m in terrible shock coz i have traveled thru air India express many timesI read almost all the news and the pictures related to AI express crash and found that many victims were visiting their families due to some reasons and that’s was really terrible to read and gives lots of pain. We pray to God to provide the Families, Relatives and Friends of the unfortunate victims of this extremely tragic calamity to be provided with the courage and endurance to support one another at this extremely crucial time
    Rudy almeida
    Dubai /Karkala

    VW Mascarenhas, Puttur/Muscat
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Really heart breaking photographs, tears are coming in our eyes when we see this innocent child who was watching the burial of her father, it is difficult to express the grief. Oh God I pray, give them the strength to overcome this grief, be with them, stay with them all time.

    Ronald Dsouza, Mangalore/mumbai
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    It is really sad and unfortunate that so many of our dear ones lost their lives what can we say. The government must answer what could it have done to save our people from such devastation words are difficult to express.It is imperative that all tricky strips mangalore, ladakh, port blair needs careful examination.

    Olivia Moras, Puttur, Kuppepadau / Toronto
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    It is very scary to fly to Bajpe now. Every time a family member flies to M'lore we have to hold our breadth & wait. So much restriction for those Pilots also. Let them change the runway. Airport is O.K. direction of runway needs to be changed. It shouldn't be facing the death trap - The valley down.

    If the Pilot misses the touchdown point by few hundred meters he's sure to fall down to the valley. That's why the plane exploded, because of the impact of falling so deep. If it was a flat surface Pilot could have easily brought it to halt. It's high time authorities revise the runway issue & build a new one. Safety is important, not money.

    Jossy D'souza, mangalore
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Its Quite easy for people everywhere blaming everyone when disaster like this takes place.I have been traveling frequently. I tell you something... the frequency of the cell phone when its used causes the reading instruments in the cockpit go wrong. I have seen this happening in a private small craft few times abroad.I am sure few people on the plane must have used the cell phone or turned the power on...please do not blame on Pilot, runway and staff and whatnot..please take patience.let them find the cause...lets not judge them prematurely. My beloved people please pray for the future of our people and children as they fly through any of these airports. God is the Best safety and he can protect us ..know this for sure..Lets share the grief of our dear friends..and try to console these people while we have a chance, God bless you all..

    SUJATHA SHRINIVAS, Karkala [Sacheripete/Pergottu thirupathi nivas] DUBAI
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010


    teresa, Mangalore/Muscat
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Very tragic.... and that too our airport Bajpe... so many years we have been flying in and out of that very airport and only now that the tragedy has occurred do we know that Bajpe has always been a tricky airport to land in. This turns your guts in n out at the very thought of landing there BUT then with the holiday season and all sectors flying full capacity, we have no alternative but fly direct to that very airport on the same airline.... only pray to the almighty for eternal peace to the departed souls and that such an incident never occurs in the future....

    I had colleagues and their children flying out of Bajpe on that very day and I was really thinking about the tension and turmoil they would have gone thru following the disaster. We pray to the Almighty for all travellers.

    Roshan Rebello, Mangalore/ Hamilton
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Below is a link from the BBC commenting on safety concerns at Mangalore Airport. The appropriate officials need the be held accountable for laxity in safety when the runway was constructed.

    Jerald R. Cunha, Kulshekar,Mangalore
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    They have come at the door but never enter into the home !!! This is unbelievable and unforgettable incident in our mangalore. This incident gave big stroke to our mind. AS per our human beings everybody will fall in mistakes. So we cant blame only to Pilot. NO one ready to die like this who love their husband/wife/children/parents. There is a strong reason where this such a great experienced pilot came under this situation. Only the 'Black Box' will tell real truth what exactly happened and will help to upgrade this International Air port. Experience is not not enough to lead everything but language proficiency and communication skills is very very important. May all 158 souls rest in peace and their families have the strength to face this tragedy.

    Neela Gonsalves, Sydney
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    I agree... ppl who made the decision to have a so called table top airport are to be blamed. Irt could have been in udupi, ullal anywhere flat land.
    now the only solution is to stop using bigger aircraft like 737s and use the ATRs, Bombadiers etc .. AI just have many more flights to cater to the large numbers of passengers.

    Oliver, Bejai / AUH
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    John - A very good & important point here. People start using their mobiles even before the plane has touched down, even stand up and try to take their baggage out. I've even seen near misses with bags falling off and missing passengers, due to the calous approach of a few passengers.
    Let's wait for the investigation, now that the 'Black Box" is found & Pray that it's not because of somebodys mobile signal disturbing the sensitive instruments in the plane. The authorities should get strict on usage of mobiles and electronic instruments while landing and takeoff, just like one cannot use the word 'Bomb' inside the airport, if you do you are in the slammer...thats it.

    My Heartfelt condolonces to all Families who have lost their Near and Dear Ones. May the Lord grant Eternal Rest to the Dear Departed Souls and give the Families the Strength and Fortitude to bear with this irrepairable loss. AMEN

    Vinod D'souza, Bangalore / Kuwait
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Its very big shocking news to everyone. Let us pray for their soul. God give strength to cover their big loss.

    Della Rego, Mangalore, Doha, Qatar
    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Oh! my God, can't see the pictures of departed and the mourning family members as the eyes were filled with tears.

    Every one in the plane were anxious, full of new planning, hopes and above all meeting and staying with their loved one's for a month or more. All were happy when the plane landed in Mangalore airport and within few hours all were thinking that they will meet their family's. But fate changed the face of the happiness and anxiety as a result the unbelievable tragedy happened and all perished within a fraction of seconds.

    Even I too used to offer a small prayer after landing at Bajpe airport as always landing is scary and one big jerk used to experience.

    Oh! Lord give the strength and courage to all the families who have lost their loved one's and grant the eternal peace for all the departed souls. Lord, Protect and guard everyone as such things never ever should happen in any one's life. Amen.

    Errol, India
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    This airport has been in service for more than 50 years & the accident happens on an extended runway it has to be either human error or technical fault of the aircraft which is a strong possibility was the aircraft maintained? Records must be checked its so unfortunate innocent lives were lost May the souls rest in peace.

    J.H. Monteiro, Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    At this time no words come out, mind doesn’t work, truly a shocking black Saturday to all of us Mangaloreans and Keralites. May God grant eternal peace to all the departed souls and may HE grant family members the courage and strength to bear this loss.

    Now by blaming we cannot change anything, only thing hope whatever the mistake may be let our Govt. correct it and never this type of accident ever happen anywhere and to anyone. Sorrow of these people just cannot imagine when we see the pictures tears role down without knowledge, then how their family members are feeling that is beyond my imagination. Only God may comfort them this is my humble prayer for all the family members who have lost their loved ones in this terrible crash.

    Lima, India
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Many Gulf topguns insisted that they should have direct flights to Mangalore. And they were happy when it was introduced. Did anyone see to the fact that if Bajpe airport was suitable for landing of international flights?

    Makhdum Hussain, Hubli
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    It is realy shocking news for all of us.every thing in the hands of Allah

    Utban nakhuda, Gangoli
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Oh almighty allah its a bad day for india. . I pray for all those people who died in dis tragedy . .may allah forgive dem and enter dem into paradise. . As my uncle was there in that plane and not yet recieved his body

    Olivia Moras, Puttur, Kuppepadau / Toronto
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    It's very difficult to look at these photographs. A husband loosing his wife & 2 kids all at the same time. Look at the grief of those elders to loose these innocent souls.
    Why did this happen to us. We Mangaloreans & Keralites are a very sober community. Did we deserve this much of sorrow ? Many families are having funeral for more than one. And even sad is some bodies are not yet been Identified. It’s a very difficult time for all of us.
    May their souls rest in peace & May God comfort those family members to bear this terrible loss.

    Raj, Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Its really heartbreaking to see the pictures of the funerals which are taking place in Mangalore and Kerala. They are all our brothers and sisters who have given up their lives just to make our political leaders open their eyes and realize TABLE TOP RUNWAY is a very fancy name given to play with our lives . Yet they claim after this disaster that the runway is very safe and meets international standards. Are they waiting to have another similar disaster to confirm that this runway is not safe.Cant Mangalore be provided with a long enough runway to ensure our citezens and foreign tourists feel safe. As Indians dont we have the right to come and visit our family memebers after a year or even 2 or 3 years and not worry about our runways.

    OR is AIR INDIA AFRAID OF COMPETITORS incase a longer runway is built in Mangalore which will give way for major airlines to take a shre of the market. As Indians either living in India or overseas , we pay taxes every single year and we should not allow the civil avaition ministry to this case as pilot error and move on.Lessons learnt we need a safe and long enough runway to avert any future disaster like this even if the pilot happens to overshoot the aircraft by 2000 feet .We DO NOT WANT TO SEE ANY SIMILAR CRASH EVER AGAIN IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION . God Bless the departed souls and may their souls Rest In Peace. We pray that the families get enough courageto bear this shocking loss of their near and dear ones in this horrific tragedy

    Jossy, Mangalore/USA
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    It is true that god is our creator! & we his creatures!! It is true that God's will ALWAYS prevails in our lives!! & it is always said that WE creatures fail to understand the DEPTH of his Wisdom!

    BUT in this case...... from a mere human perspective !! it seems like GODS WILL HAS BEEN VERY VERY SEVERE!! on so many families and loved ones of the sad victims of this Crash!!

    May God Almighty in his Love & Wisdom grant all those surviving loved ones of the crash victims his LOVE, MERCY & STRENGTH to bear their IRREPARABLE LOSS & MAY EVERY SINGLE SOUL REST IN GOD'S PEACE!!

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    A month back when I boarded the flight at Dubai we had to stay in the flight for 25 minutes, later the pilot announced that MANGALORE AIRPORT OPENS AFTER 6 am (so called international airport) so we had to delay in taking off. So when the flight landed on 22nd at 6.02am were all the Air traffic controlling staff present to guide the pilot ? This has to be checked by airport authority

    Gregory, Kankanady,Dubai
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    First of all our sympathies to all the families who lost their loved ones.Henceforth,we Mangaloreans should join together to see that mangalore has a safe airport. it is a waste of tax payers money to upgrade the old airport in bajpe.We deeply express our deepest sorrows...

    Praveen, Dubai
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    BOYCOTT BAJPE AIRPORT. All International Airport should have provision to cover marginal errors by Pilot. Due to the fact that the airport is a table top airport, there was no scope for Pilot to manoeuvre the flight & eventually it had to cave down into the gorge. Indian Politics is too big to understand the value of human life. Time to rise against the corrupt politicians and influential people.

    S.Moorthy, Mangalore/Dubai
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    As citizen of India we have the right to ask the reason behind this tragedy. AI, DGCA, AAI & Central Government ministry must explain to the public once the investigation over. We hope for a transparent enquiry in to this incident. Mangaloreans lost very precious lives. From long time we Mangaloreans are neglted in all the fields by these politicians and beurocrats because of our soft nature. This time we whould not keep quiet. We should raise our voice till we get the justice.

    Arun, Mangalore, India
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    A Boeing 737 with a maximum landing weight requires 6,000-ft of runway for landing. For take off too, it requires 6,000 feet but that is based on several factors such as weight, wind, temperature and runway conditions.

    “Mangalore airport has a 8,000-ft-long runway. The pilots of that plane may not have had sufficient landing distance if they touched down late with high speed,’’ he said.

    Although it is possible to take off even after the wheels touch down the procedure is difficult and is carried out usually during training flights.

    This is because the plane’s auto brakes and speed brakes get deployed immediately. To quote a senior commander - “It is not recommended to do a go around if the plane’s deceleration procedures have been initiated’’.

    So, if the AI plane had already overshot the Landing zone and 25% of the runway was lost and the very fact that the airport has a short landing strip - the "go around" should not have been tried at all - because when landing the pilots may have also tried to slow down the engines - thus reducing chances of a take off again, but unfortunately a re take off was tried and now the tower or light pole hit the wing further sealing the destiny.

    There is another important question - were the tyres and braking systems checked while leaving Dubai? It seems the tyres and breaking systems of Air India are always faulty and Delhi and Mumbai always has a lot of "emergency landings" especially for Air India flights.
    God bless families.

    Bryan Rodrigues, Mangalore / Dubai
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    This message is to Daijiworld

    So many people have expressed their opinion on the tragic Air crash and have offered their suggestions to make the Airport safe. Please forward these messages to the concerned authorities in India. Pointless if these valuable suggestions do no reach the authorities.

    Personally, I always felt that the Bajpe Airport Runway was risky - not long enough and not enough level ground on either side of the runway. Seems this accident has highlighted the risk. Moreover, there was an accident some years back, a plane had overshot the runway and fell in a ditch. The authorities should have taken that incident into consideration while making the new runway.

    I deeply regret this tragedy and the loss of so many lives, including the Pilots and Air Hostesses. I offer my heartfelt sympathies to their families. May God give them the strength to bear the loss.

    Steven Rodrigues, Dubai
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    It isn't funny that our neighbouring state of Kerala has quite a few airports & still acquiring while we as mangaloreans have to make do with such a shoddy airport!

    Where are those billionares from Karnataka that can do the same & for once overwhelm the bureaucratic red-tape to make it a reality.

    There's no justification or consolation for the ones we've lost but there has to be solution to this long-evaded matter.

    No more excuses for any Govt!!!
    Time to get things done.

    annie castelino, mangalore/sharjah
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    The Instrument Landing System was damaged during the overrun. Yet, the airport was kept open for commercial flights, using only the non-precision approach facilities, even after sunset. A non-precision approach is one where there is no electronic glide path to guide the pilot down a predetermined angle for landing. Was that a commercial decision or a safety decision? Safety studies have established that more than 74% of approach and landing accidents have happened during non-precision approaches and in night conditions. Mangalore has just witnessed a fatal crash. Was it wise then to open the airport without the ILS and allow non-precision approaches? The recent Air Afriqiyah Airbus 330 crash and the Polish president's flight crash in Russia, were at the end of a non-precision approach. The Kingfisher Airlines accident in Mumbai in December 2009 was also from a non-precision approachOn August 2, 2005, an Air France Airbus 340 flight overshot the Toronto runway and went down the ravine. The terrain was similar to the Mangalore airport overrun area. The difference - all 307 survived the post-crash fire and were rescued. The 158 passengers in mlore were not so lucky with the rescue effort at our airport capable of quick emergency response and rescue efforts? Areas surrounding the airport built up and there is no clear passage for crash tenders to access an aircraft in case of an accident during approach or during a take-off.wake up!!!

    John, Shj/mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010


    Hassan Ahmed, Riyadh Saudi Arabia
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    When every child is born, the child has one same religion. That is the religion of the Almighty creator. Later the parents of the child make him a Christian, Hindu Buddist, Muslium. Now just see this tragedy, The super power the Almighty who had put life into the child when it was born has taken the life. Destiny is fixed by the almighty even before the child's birth. Here in the above picture we can see people from different faith taking the dead body and doing the final rituals, They all are (Deceased) going to one place, that is to face their creator.

    There is only one heaven and one hell and that belongs to one almighty. Please let us understand who is our creator and follow his instructions.Its 100% sure that this world and the millions of creatures in this world is created by the same one Almighty. Please open your hearts and don't imagine any Idols Just pray to your creator to show us the right path. Surly he will, because he is our creator.

    Santa Lopes, Lower Kasarkod
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    May 22, a day of tears, anguish, search and death. The sweet faces of the dear ones, but at last the charred bodies absolutely difficult to digest, incomprehensive to understand and thus the mystery of death. May God give the strength to the bereaved families to bear this tragedy and the loss of their dear and near one’s.

    imtiaz khalife, Gangooli/Muscat
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    My heartfull condolence to all family members who lost their loving people.May the Almighty rest thier soul in peace.Ameen

    Chandrashekar Shetty, Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    It is unwise to blame somebody for the tragedy more so the person who happened to be in command. No one would ever try to make mistakes at the cost of his own life. Let's stop blaming one another and instead convey our condolences to the bereaved family to keep faith in almighty.

    Akash Shetty, Managlore/Australia
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    As my knowledge also somebody told me long back that the committee has selected the land at ullal for airport because if anything goes wrong when landing it can be easily land in sea. After the political drama airport has been built in Bajpe.
    Media says here airport runway looks likea table top. I agree with that. We can't blame the pilots.

    Kiran Gonsalves, Kuwait
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    My heartfelt sympathies for all those faced untimely and tragic death.

    We cannot blame anyone as these accidents happen in seconds time and there is very less time to react. I sure the pilots might have given their best of the experience to control the mishap. In any case the airport requires wider runway to control future tragedies. If the runway was wide enough, the plane could have come to hault without any mishap and would not have plunged into the valley causing so many deaths. The accident is very unfortunate.

    Suman, Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Dear all, runway in bajpe is still dangerous...why should we keep quiet, lets raise our voice let them close this runway or do something safe...or make it in a different level place..

    Monday, May 24, 2010

    A blackday for all Indians.May the souls of all who passed away in the plane crash rest in peace.May God give strength to their families and loved ones.

    Sreeharsha S Naik, Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Used to watch the planes land and take off from a distant hill facing the airport, I never knew that one day i will have to look at an airplane taking its last breath from the very same hill top.. May god give all the strength and support to the victims of Air India Express IX-812

    Abdul Lateef Mulki, Dubai, U.A.E
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAAJIHOON.May Almighty Allah grant their souls eternal rest!It is indeed a very shocking & sad news for all of us.
    On behalf of BCF ,Dubai, we express our deepest condolences to Mr. Mayyabba, Fujairah, who lost four of his family membersin this tragic accident.
    May Almighty give courage & strength for the families of the deceased.

    Stanley - Kuwait, Kuwait
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    It is very sad that innocent peoples who are eager to meet thier family and relatives lost their precious life. It is very hard to write the fact at this moment. I am a frequent flyer to managalore and most of the time noticed that passengers are not obeying to the rules of switiching of their moible at the time landing. The moment captain s the landing, everyone switch on their mobile and start to talk.

    This will create lot of problems on the aircraft instruments, since foreign sim cards start searching for signal with high range. We cannot blame everything on pilots and aircraft.As a responsible passenger will have to obey the rules while in air. Whatever happened is happened. We cannot challenge GOD's wish. My sincere prayer to God to keep all departed souls under his feet, and give strength to the famililies to overcome this tragic grief.

    Capt.Cornelio, UDUPI
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    People who opposed to make padubidri a flat ground as mangalore airport are responsible for this sad tragedy.  This is the most sadest day in any mangaloreans life.Bajpe is still a very dangerous airport and hope peaople of mangalore will look for safety fist rather than the dist.

    Suman, Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    God why did this happend??? I was in tears when I saw the pictures...I just cant imagine the pain of the familiy members..I pray to God that he grant eternal rest and give strength to their loved ones....this teaches us a lesson that we dont know when is our last day...lets all forgive each other and be ready....

    shammi, Karnataka
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    My heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved ones.I dont blame the pilot for this coz every time parking the vehicle wont be perfect n tht too this was an aoircraft.So as the aviation expert said on NDTV,if this had happened delhi atleast the pilot had chance of taking off the flight n then cm wid normal landing,coz delhi runway was double the mangalore.So it is a MUST now for the runway to be extended..Coz in future no matter howmuchever special training the pilot get,he is a human being n we make mistakes.So aerodromes should seriously consider runway extension factor.

    Johnty, Kerala
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Don't blame  Air India, don't blame  the Pilot. This is called
    fate. But slight ignorance will
    cause big tragedy. May their Soul Rest in Peace.

    Abdul Lateef Mulki, Dubai, U.A.E
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILAIHI RAAJIHOON.May Almighty Allah grant their souls eternal rest!It is indeed a very shocking & sad news for all of us.
    On behalf of BCF ,Dubai, we express our deepest condolences to Mr. Mayyabba, Fujairah, who lost four of his family membersin this tragic accident.
    May Almighty give courage & strength for the families of the deceased.

    Monday, May 24, 2010


    Riyaz Asadi, Sirsi/ Dubai
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    I am still in state of shock and having nightmares looking at the pics.Let the Almighty give strenght to the family of the crashed victims.

    Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur/Mangalore
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Really heart melting/blowing incidents during the funeral as the pictures shows and how would be to a husband to loose his own as the death stole three of a family. Condolences and sympathies from me, my family and children to all the bereaved families and the deceased human souls may rest in peace. May our Lord and savior Jesus Christ wipe out tears of the survived ones and provide them courage to lead their life.

    Roopa Shetty, Ujire
    Monday, May 24, 2010

    Very sad news

    Vincent Rodrigues, Mangalore
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    My deepest condolences to all my ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, those who lost their near and dear ones.

    William Pais, Mangalore
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    In these moments of grief let the Eternal Hope that we all believe in may help us to overcome this tragedy. Let the Devine Succour comfort the bereaved as no words on this earth can comfort those who lost their near and dear ones. My salutations to all those people of South Kanara who helped each other in these moments of crisis. Let the human within us never die. Long live the humanity.

    manoj machado, mangalore
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    My deepest condolences to all my ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’, those who lost their near and dear ones.

    shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udipi
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Its mere a mishap which could have been avoided. I feel, the pilot landed his plane beyond the allowed threshold by 2000 feet and overshot the runway, in the process he tried to take off again by giving power to the engine which is evident from the flight throttle. Had the runway had the extra length for overshooting, this tragedy could have been avoided. I also feel the pilot landed the aircraft at a speed above the required level, as a result of speedy touch down the tyres got blasted and the plane broke down in two parts, which led to system failure as it is evident from the statement of the survivors. Human error cause most of the accidents.

    Kevin Mascarenhas, Mangalore/Sydney
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Will the administration now work in all seriousness to provide Mangalore a real international class airport which will meet all safety norms?
    Private/government partnership can bring about this and let the existing airport be used for small domestic,charter and cargo purposes.
    It is tragic so many innocents had to loose their lives.May their souls rest in peace and their families have the strength to cope.

    Francis (Joe) Martis, Barkur/USA
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    This shocking Tragic incident has taken so many lives, there could be many people to blame, it's not just Air India Pilot error, there is International Airport Authorities who have approved the project in the first place.

    How can an international flight land on a short run-way. This project should have been called for international bidders who may have a different plan to provide longer runways required for International flights. Blame must also go to Karnataka govt. for they approved the project. This was to happen one day or other. Can they wake up now. For some reason when runway becomes short where do they go, how do they escape, these are questions that should have answered prior to plans being approved. Simple commonsense. Inefficiency on the part of these people cost  so many lives.

    Michael, Goa/ Canada
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    My heart bleeds for those poor souls, my close friends brother is one of the survivors, however his cousin perished with his lovely family. I do realise that we cannot blame any one for this mishap, however I wish to comment I feel angry about Air India,I travelled Air India thrice over the years I lived in kuwait and Dubai, and every time both ways I had meserable experiences with the flight , cancelled or delayed, the last time was on August 15th 2007 my last exit out of the UAE , flight was delayed for 18 hours due to technical diffculties, the official in Dubai cared less for our plight moreover they were rude inspite of me being polite, I was not allowed to leave the airport as I had my visa cancelled hence was not put up in the hotel.
    I hope the tragic loss of these poor souls remind these incompetent AI officials to serve their customers better in future. As for me I made it a point that I will never fly AI.

    Camil Dsouza, Udyavara Udupi
    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Its shockingto hear that theres no hospitol nearby the airport! before blaming anybody we must pray for the departed souls May Almighty God grant the family members the courage to bear the loss of their beloved ones may their soul RIP. Its the 3rd day and theyve still not found the black box ?hope they will find it soon n insurance money should be paid soon

    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Very tragic accident.Our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones.May Allah grant eternal rest to departed souls.

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