11th Anniversary of Mangalore Air Crash, DC Pays Tribute to the 158 Victims

  • | Saturday | 22nd May, 2021

But every year the District Administration pays tribute to the departed souls in that plane crash at a Memorial Park, near Kulur on Tannirbavi Road, Mangaluru, where few bodies couldn’t be recognized since they were charred, were buried at this memorial Park. It was the initiative of the DC of Dakshina Kannada A B Ibrahim that saw this Memorial Park set up on the banks of Phalguni River, at a cost of Rs 10 lakhs.  

Emotional tributes were paid to the 158 victims on the eleventh anniversary of the Mangalore Air Crash, even as the issue of proper compensation for their kin is yet to be settled. One hundred and fifty-eight people had lost their lives, while eight others survived, when Air India Express flight IX 812 overshot the Bajpe airport runway and crashed into a deep gorge, on 22 May 2010. The 2010 fatal air crash had shaken up the aviation industry which was forced to undertake a re-look at the safety oversight system of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, covering aerodromes, air navigation, airlines, flight operations, training of pilots, and all other related areas.

The plane burst into flames after the crash, which occurred at 6.10 a.m. on 22 May 2010. The captain of the flight, Z. Glusica, a British national of Serbian origin, and his co-pilot H.S. Ahluwalia were among the dead. Nine passengers who did not board the flight on that day were lucky, it is learned.

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