12 years for Mangaluru air crash: MP Kateel and district administration pay floral tributes

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, May 22: The disaster that can never be forgotten in the history of civil aviation in the country that occurred on May 22, 2010 at the city’s international airport ended 12 years. In the same mourning, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and the district administration paid floral tributes at Kodikal Memorial Park near Thannirubhavi on Sunday May 22.

It is remembered that in the accident in which the Air India plane overshot the runway, fell into a deep gorge next to the airport and 158 people, including the pilot and the crew of the plane, had lost their lives. The passengers included 135 adults, 19 children, four infants and six crew members. Eight people had miraculously survived.

The flight that had arrived from Dubai had landed with full safety precautions. However, the pilot overshot the runway due to an error in judgment and also failed to heed the co-pilot’s advice not to land, which resulted in the aircraft’s wings crashing into the wind mast driving the flight into the deep gorge. During the subsequent investigation that took place, it was confirmed that this was indeed pilot error.

A temporary memorial has been built at the crash site with the names of all those who perished written in stone. However, as the crash site was privately owned, there was controversy and the temporary memorial was torn down by miscreants.

Finally, a memorial park for the victims of this tragedy was built on 90 cents of land on the road to Tannirubhavi near Kulur four years ago. On May 22 each year, tributes are paid to those who have lost their lives.