Plane crash claims 160 lives in India
By Ofentse Mokae
22 May 2010
A plane crash in India has killed at least 160 people outside an airport in southern India this morning.
Foreign media reports say the accident occurred when the plane overshot the runway of the airport serving the city of Mangalore in Karnataka state at about 6am.
The plane burst into flames after crashing down a valley.
The Air India Express passenger plane travelling from Dubai was carrying 163 passengers and nine crew members.
Reports say Air India Express is the low cost arm of Air India, the budget airline started about five years ago.
However it is the first crash involving an Air India Express plane, according to an Air India spokesman.
Indian government has been trying to infuse funds to revive the airline against stiff competition from private carriers.