Mangalore: Of the 166 people on board the ill-fated Air India Express aircraft that crashed on Saturday, the rescue operation team has found 116 charred bodies at the crash site here.
“It is difficult to ascertain the origin of passsengers but people were mostly from Mangalore,” said Air India board member Anup Srivastava in Mumbai, adding relatives have been informed and “transportation being arranged for them.”
“Passengers were all Indians,” he added including 105 male, 32 female 19 children and 4 infants besides two pilots and four cabin crew members.
Seven survivors of AI crash
The survivors have been identified as Putturismail Abdulla, Joel Pratap D’Souza, G K Pradeep, Krishnan Koolikkunnu, Mayankutty K P, Ummer Farook Mohammed and Sabrina Nasrinhuq.
Air India Express was operating flight IX-812 from Dubai to Mangalore.
Air India is currently confirming the identities of the casualties (Air India Express Dubai Airport Tel. Nos. 00971-4-2165828/29.)
There are only 7 survivors, at least one other succumbed to injuries at the hospital, NDTV reported.
A DGCA team led by director general Nasim Zaidi and A K Chopra has left for Mangalore to investigate the site, an official said.
In New Delhi, Airports Authority of India chairman V P Agarwal said, “there was no distress indication from the pilot of the ill-fated plane.
The visibility was 6 kms, which is “more than that required”, when the plane landed in Mangalore, he said.