Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ndege ya Air India Imeanguka India!

Ndege ya Air India aina ya 737 imeanguka leo huko India. Habari zinasema kuwa watu 158 wamekufa na watu 8 wamepona. Ndege hiyo ilitoka Dubai na ilikuwa ina jaribu kutua mjini Mangalore.

Mungu alaze roho za waliokufa mahala pema peponi. Amen. Kupona kwa hao watu 8 ni miujiza. Mungu lazima ana mpango nao dunia.

NEW DELHI (AP) - As many as 160 people were feared dead after an Air India plane arriving from Dubai crashed Saturday as it overshot a runway while trying to land in southern India.

Television images showed dense black smoke billowing from the aircraft surrounded by flames just outside the Mangalore city airport in a hilly area with thick grass and trees.

Firefighters sprayed water on the plane as rescue workers struggled to find survivors. One firefighter ran up a hill with an injured child in his arms.

Officials in the state of Karnataka said of the 169 people believed on board, only six or seven might have survived.

"This is a major calamity," Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya told CNN-IBN TV.

The aircraft overshot the runway, hit a fence and went beyond the boundary wall of the airport, according to the Press Trust of India.

The crash could be the deadliest in India since the November 1996 midair collision between a Saudi airliner and a Kazakh cargo plane near New Delhi that killed 349 people.

The airport's location, on a plateau surrounded by hills, made it difficult for the firefighters to reach the scene Saturday, officials said.

Pre-monsoon rains over the past two days caused low visibility in the area, officials said.

Mangalore airport is about 19 miles (30 kilometers) away from Mangalore city.

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