Indian Plane Crash Kills 158 People

23 May 2010 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2010 18:30)

The cockpit voice recorder of an Air India Express plane, which overshot Mangalore International Airport in India on 22 May, killing 158 passengers, has been recovered. The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 160 passengers and six crew from Dubai when the crash occurred. Only eight people surv

The cockpit voice recorder of an Air India Express plane, which overshot Mangalore International Airport in India on 22 May, killing 158 passengers, has been recovered.

The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 160 passengers and six crew from Dubai when the crash occurred. Only eight people survived, according to AFP.

Investigations are still underway to recover the data from the black box and find out the exact cause of the crash.

Indian Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said the preliminary observation is that the aircraft touched down and did not contain itself within the runway space.

The minister said the sanded safety area surrounding the runway at Mangalore airport is shorter compared with other airports.