Posted by: Satheesh Kumar Muthu | May 23, 2010

Tragic Plane Crash at Mangalore

Its really very hard to digest this fact. Around 158 people being killed leaving behind only 8 survivors in the tragic plane crash in Mangalore Airport yesterday. This is said to be the third major air crash over the past 48 years next to the Air crash in November,1996(killing 349 people) and that in January 1978(killing 213 people). I don’t know how exactly this happened. In a news report, they said that the plane had landed 609 metres beyond the landing mark (where it was supposed to land) and the tyre blasted as the pilot applied a sudden brake. And the plane losing its control dashed into the valley which is immediately ahead of the runway. And worst thing is that this mishap happened despite having very much experienced pilot and co-pilot. They mentioned that the Pilot, Captain Glusica had over 10,000 hours of flying experience and the co-pilot, Ahluwalia had over 3,000 hours of flying experience and that both of them landed a plane safely lot many times at the same airport. Everything seemed to be going well until the last minute. The Mangalore Airport, being a Table-top airport, is one of the risky airport in the country like those in Leh, Srinagar, Port Blair, and a few other places. I have seen an article which says “A warning unheeded led to the tragedy.” It says that the saturday’s incident was something Mr. Arthur Pereira, an activist, had long feared. This person had learned, more than a decade ago, that the project did not conform to the standards prescribed by DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation), the National Building code of India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. He alleges that this is no accident but a direct result of the series of deliberate failures by the officials and key decision-makers at the highest levels of all authorities connected with the decision to allow the 2nd runway to be constructed and commisioned. Whatever shit it may be that led to the accident, the situation of the family, relatives and friends of the killed passengers seems to be extremely pathetic. I have read many articles about the passengers who died in this mishap.

Some said that people didn’t have time to remove seat belts. But contrary to this, what one of the survivors of this accident said was that there wasn’t any announcement from the crew to put on their seat belts even after the plane landed.

Mahesh Shetty,a sales executive was about to begin a whole new chapter in his life when fate intervened. He had been working in Dubai for only a short time, was to meet a girl-one his parents had chosen to marry him to.

It happened to be a double tragedy for a family from Kerala which lost its UAE-based son in this plane crash, who was on his way to attend his father’s funeral.

Flavia Loba, a house-wife had cut short her Dubai holiday with her husband who had been working in Dubai for more than five years, not knowing this would be the last time they spent together, when she and the children visited him last month. They decided to come back early for the children’s admission. Travelling with their mother were Venisha (15) and Vishal (9). None survived.

A 17 year old girl Harshini Poonja-her final tweet on twitter says “At the Airport and blah..The only thing to look forward to is the rain.” After this she boarded the flight and thereafter her signed twitter page ironically read “Location : The Infinite Universe 3.”  Really hard to hear this…

As I browse the Internet lot many articles like this are pouring in. And here is a list of people who miraculously escaped this plane crash by their non-appearance in the flight. You can go through it.


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