Russian president sends condolences to India after plane crash

10:20, May 23, 2010      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed condolences to India after a plane crash that killed nearly 160 people Saturday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

“I was shaken by the news of the tragedy,” Medvedev said in a message to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Air India Express plane, which was en route from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the southern Indian city of Mangalore, reportedly overshot the runaway on landing, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames.

Officials differed on whether it was raining at the time of the crash. Pre-monsoon rains over the past two days caused low visibility in the area, officials said.

Air India Express said eight people survived the crash and the plane was carrying 160 passengers - all Indian - and six crew members. The British pilot and Indian co-pilot were among the dead.

The crash of the Boeing 737-800 was believed to be the worst in India since the November 1996 midair collision of two planes near New Delhi that killed 349 people.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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