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M'lore crash: Worst in Indian aviation history

By Vicky Nanjappa
May 22, 2010 16:02 IST
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The deadly plane crash at Mangalore on Saturday, which has left 158 persons dead, is one of the biggest in Indian aviation history. Prior to this, the worst airline crash witnessed in Karnataka was on February 14, 1990, in Bangalore, in which 89 persons were killed. However, there were 50 survivors in that crash.

That ill-fated plane which crashed in Bangalore was an Indian Airlines flight, which was two months old and was coming from Mumbai. At that time, the plane had undershot the runway by around 1000 feet and hit an empty reservoir in a golf course near the old airport in Bangalore.

Another major tragedy that India had witnessed in the skies was the plane crash at Ahmedabad in 1998, in which 133 people were killed. This is an indication that the crash that took place in Mangalore on Saturday is the biggest in Indian aviation history. The aircraft at Ahmedabad was Boeing 737 and the crash was attributed to a pilot error.

Recent crashes across the world:

Boeing 737 from Indonesia crashes on January 1, 2007 at the Sulawesi islands killing 102 passengers.

114 killed on Kenya Airways flight after plane crashed at Cameroon on May 5, 2007

199 persons on Brazilian TAM aircraft killed at Sao Paolo on July 17, 2007

On September 16, 2007, 123 passengers were killed when a Thai aircraft crashed at Phuket.

166 passengers aboard Spanair were killed after it crashed at the Madrid airport on August, 2008

On May 20 2009, 98 persons aboard the Indonesian C130 aircraft were killed after it crashed at the Iswahyudi air base.

228 persons aboard the Air France airbus killed on June 1 2009 when the aircraft crashed over the Atlantic.

A Yemen airways carrying 153 persons crashed off the Indian Ocean on June 30, 2009.

The Caspian airline carrying 153 passengers crashed at the city of Qazvin on July 15, 2009.

90 passengers were killed when an Ethiponan airline crashed minutes after taking off at the Beirut airport.

On April 10, 2010, 96 people aboard Polish President Lech Kaczynski's official Tupolev Tu-154 plane were killed in crash near Smolensk airport in western Russia.

On May 12, 2010, an Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 Airbus crashed in Libya, killing 103 people.

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