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Investigators In India Probe Plane Crash


Wreckage from the Air India plane that crashed in Mangalore on May 22.

Wreckage from the Air India plane that crashed in Mangalore on May 22.

Investigators are sifting through the wreckage of an Indian passenger plane that crashed on landing in southwest India, killing 158 people.

The Air India Express Boeing 737-800, carrying 160 passengers and six crew on a flight from Dubai, careered off the runway at Mangalore airport on May 22 and ploughed into a gorge, bursting into flames. Eight people survived.

Officials said the "black box" digital data recorder that should shed light on the cause of the disaster had not yet been found.

Aviation minister Praful Patel described the chief pilot, a Serbian national, as "very experienced" and said it's too early to say what caused the crash.

compiled from agency reports
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