Boeing sending team to assist in Mangalore crash probe

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is sending a team to India to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the Air India plane crash in Mangalore which killed 159 people on Saturday.

Chicago: American aircraft manufacturer Boeing is sending a team to India to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the Air India plane crash in Mangalore which killed 159 people on saturday.

Boeing is sending a team to provide technical
assistance to the investigation "at the invitation of the
Indian authorities", the city-based commercial aircraft maker
said in a statement here.

The aircraft involved in the mishap was a 737-800, the
latest range of aircrafts being rolled out by Boeing.

"Boeing wishes to express its profound condolences to
the friends and family of those lost on Air India Expess Flt.
IX-892, as well as its wish for the recovery of those
injured," it said.

The flight IX-892 overshot the runway and ploughed
into the forest while landing at the Mangalore airport this
morning, killing 159 people.

According to aviation officials, the aircraft overshot
the runway, hit a fence and went beyond the boundary wall of
the airport and fell into a cliff.

The ill-fated Boeing 737-800, which was inducted on
January 15, 2008, was coming from Dubai.

"We will do whatever the government asks us to do,"
Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar told a news agency in Mumbai.

The crash occurred at around 6.30 am when the plane
overshot the newly built runway while landing at the Mangalore
airport and caught fire before exploding. The plane broke and
smoke billowed from the main fuselage.

The Mangalore airport has been shut following the
accident. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will
conduct full inquiry into the one of the worst air disasters
in the country.

PTI

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