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DNA experts, DGCA men arrive; search on for black box

A team of experts arrived in Mangalore this morning from Hyderabad to conduct DNA tests to help in identification of bodies charred beyond recognition in the Air India Express plane crash. Crash picsWhat went wrong with Flight IX-812 | Satellite image of airport | From ground zero | Special | Video

india Updated: May 23, 2010 11:45 IST

A team of experts arrived here this morning from Hyderabad to conduct DNA tests to help in identification of bodies charred beyond recognition in the Air India Express plane crash. The black box or the Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder could not be located from the massive wreckage of the ill-fated Boeing 737-800 aircraft of Air India Express.

Some 115 bodies had been identified so far, Deputy Inspector General of Mangalore Gopal B Hosur said.

In the country's worst air disaster in a decade, 158 people died when the Mangalore-bound Boeing 737-800 flight from Dubai overshot the runway and burst into flames at the Bajpe airport here. Eight persons survived.

Bodies of all the victims were recovered last night. Relatives of those killed have gathered at Wenlock Hospital and are trying to identify their loved ones.

Meanwhile, Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials are at the crash site trying to recover the Cockpit Voice Recorder, commonly known as black box, as well as the Flight Data Recorder.

The analysis of the data from these equipment could give vital clues to the cause of the crash.

The team that arrived in Mangalore on Saturday, also undertook inspection of the runway at the Bajpe airport, sources said.

As the Air India Express flight from Dubai came into land at the Bajpe airport at around 6.30 A.M. yesterday in cloudy weather but good visibility, it went beyond the touchdown area, broke up and caught fire even as some passengers jumped out.

The aircraft, carrying 160 passengers and a crew of six, hit a concrete localiser instrument, a navigation aid, and fell into a ravine 200 to 300 metres deep. The passengers included four infants and 19 other children.

Helpline numbers: Mangalore: 0824-2220422, 0824-2220424 Delhi: 011-25656196, 011-25603101 Air India Express Dubai Airport Telephone Numbers: 00971-4-2165828/00971-4-2165829 Bangalore: 080-66785172/ 080-22273310. Mumbai: 022 2279 6161. Chennai: 044-22561365, 044-22560894