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    India plane crash kills scores; 8 survive

    India plane crash kills scores; 8 survive



    NEW DELHI - An Air India Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames at dawn Saturday, killing some 158 people, officials said. There were eight survivors.

    Dense black smoke billowed from the wreckage of the flaming Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a hilly area with thick grass and trees just outside Mangalore's Bajpe airport.

    Firefighters sprayed water and foam on the plane — which was traveling from Dubai — as others struggled to find survivors. An Associated Press photo showed two rescuers running up a hill carrying a young girl covered in foam to waiting medics.

    There were unconfirmed reports the child taken to a Mangalore hospital with severe burns, but the child's fate was not immediately known.


     


    The plane was carrying 160 passengers — all Indian — and six crew members, Air India official Anup Srivastava said. The British pilot and Indian co-pilot were among the dead.

    Workers pulled scores of burned bodies from the blackened tangle of aircraft cables, twisted metal, charred trees and mud at the crash site. Many of the dead were strapped into their seats, their bodies burned beyond recognition.



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    Plane Crash in India

    Air India flight from Dubai carrying 166 people crashed while attempting to land.

    Dense black smoke billowed from the wreckage of the flaming Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a hilly area with thick grass and trees just outside Mangalore’s Bajpe airport.

    Firefighters sprayed water and foam on the plane — which was traveling from Dubai — as others struggled to find survivors.

    By Saturday afternoon, rescuers had pulled 146 bodies from the wreckage. Eight other passengers had been rescued and were being treated in local hospitals, the airline said.

    Rescuers carried a young girl covered in foam to waiting medics. The child’s fate was not immediately known.

    The plane was carrying 160 passengers and six crew members said an Air India official, Anup Srivastava. The pilot and co-pilot were among the dead.

    It is believed the plane, which was traveling from Dubai, overshot the hilltop runway where it was landing in one of India’s trickiest airports.

    Scores of villagers scrambled over the hilly terrain to reach the wreckage, and began aiding in the rescue operation.



    Credit: Reuters, Associated Press , Solaris Images/Getty Images

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