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Eight survivors in Indian air disaster

Eight survivors in Indian air disaster
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Amid the shock of an air disaster in India, there is amazement that eight of the 166 people on board survived.

An Air India Express plane from Dubai crashed outside an airport in Mangalore. It burst into flames after overshooting a table-top runway and plunged into a forest below.

158 people were killed but eight others were thrown to safety.

V.P. Aggarwal, the Chairman of the Airports Authority of India, said: “There was no (indication of distress) from the pilot. That means between the pilot and air traffic (control) there was no indication of any problem reported.”

The official said the accident is being investigated by civil aviation authorities. Some reports say the plane’s black box has already been recovered.

This was India’s first major crash in a decade, in a country that has seen a boom in private carriers. However, there has been a series of near misses at major airports, sparking debate about aviation safety.