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The day after disaster struck Mangalore airport

Last updated on: May 23, 2010 17:40 IST

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In the worst air crash in India in the last decade, an Air India flight from Dubai overshot the runway and crashed near the Mangalore airport on Saturday morning, killing 158 passengers.

Air India on Sunday said that 87 bodies have been handed over to the family members and relatives of the passengers who died in the Mangalore plane crash. All the 158 bodies have been recovered from the crash site, Air India spokesperson Harpreet Singh De said.

 


Image: The wreckage of the crashed Air India Express plane
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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Search teams at the site are still looking for the Cockpit Voice Recorder or the black box which may reveal the reason behind the crash.

A member of the Karnataka police team, which is carrying out search operations at the crash site, said that the massive wreckage of the ill-fated plane has to be cleared before looking for the black box.


Image: Search teams at the crash site
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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The preliminary finding of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation suggests that the pilot's error could have caused the crash.

A team of experts have arrived in Mangalore on Sunday morning from Hyderabad to conduct DNA tests to help in identification of bodies charred beyond recognition in the plane crash

 


Image: Police officials at the crash site
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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