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Mangalore air crash: 125 bodies recovered

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Last updated on: May 22, 2010 16:30 IST
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125 bodies have been recovered from the mangled remains of the Air India aircraft, which crashed and caught fire on Saturday after overshooting the runway while landing at Mangalore airport.

There were 160 passengers on board the ill-fated plane including 105 males, 32 females and 19 children, he said.

Besides, there were four infants and six crew members on board the plane which was coming from Dubai, Srivastava said. He said a relief aircraft carrying rescue team from Air India and DGCA officials has been dispatched to Mangalore crash site.

The state-run airline has been able to make contact with relatives of almost 60 per cent of passengers on the aircraft and Air India has set up teams to assist them in providing information, Srivastava added.

Air India arranging relatives' travel to Mangalore

Air India is making arrangements for the relatives of those killed and injured in the Mangalore-bound plane crash to fly to the accident site from the Gulf, a top airline official in the region said today.

Abhay Pathak, the regional head of Air India, Gulf, said the airline has already made provisions for 100 seats to the relatives who want to travel.

"We have kept 100 seats for Mangalore and around 30-40 for Calicut. We are receiving requests for the same and we have already booked around 40 passengers who will be travelling to Calicut," Pathak told PTI.

"We are also making arrangements for travel from Calicut to Mangalore," Pathak said. He also gave the details of the pilot and the cabin crew who were onboard the ill-fated flight.

"Serbian captain Z Glusicea was the pilot while HS Ahluwalia, was the co-pilot. The crew members were: Furvase, Y Rana, T A Kamulkar and M Ali," he said. According to him, there were 105 male, 32 female, 19 children and 4 infant on the flight.

The Air India Boeing 737-800 plane on way to Mangalore from Dubai overshot a runway and crashed at the Mangalore airport in Karnataka, killing 159 people in the first major plane crash in India since 2000.

Flight operations at Bajpe airport resume

Flight operations, which had been suspended at the Bajpe airport here after an Air India aircraft crashed this morning, resumed in the afternoon today.

A Kingfisher flight from Bangalore with 25 passengers onboard landed at the airport at 1350 hours, airport sources said. The Kingfisher flight was carrying a team of officials from DGCA, which would inspect the crash site.

Jet Airways, which operates four flights-- two each from Bangalore and Mumbai, cancelled a Boeing flight, airline sources said. The second flight, which is an ATR, has been rescheduled.

The other two flights from Mumbai have been delayed, the sources said. The Mangalore-bound Air India Express plane from Dubai with 166 persons on board crashed and caught fire after it overshot the new runway while landing at the Mangalore airport.

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