8 Survivors in India Plane Crash
The other 158 aboard were killed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 22, 2010 11:36 AM CDT
Civilians crowd at the site of an Air India Express plane crash in Mangalore.   (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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(Newser) – A glimmer of positive news from today's plane crash in India: Eight people somehow survived. The other 158 aboard were killed when the Air India Express jet overshot the runway at a tricky hilltop airport in Mangalore, crashed over a cliff, and burst into flames. An Associated Press photo showed two rescuers running up a hill carrying a young girl covered in foam to waiting medics. The child's fate was not immediately known.

The plane, traveling from Dubai, was carrying 160 passengers—all Indian—and six crew members. Four infants and 19 other children were among the passengers. The British pilot and Indian co-pilot were among the dead. Ummer Farook Mohammed, a survivor who suffered burns on his face and hands, said it felt like a tire burst after the plane landed. "There was a loud bang, and the plane caught fire," he said.
 

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