Details of Air India Boeing 737-800 that crashed

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  • Updated: May 22, 2010 18:50 IST

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 crashed outside an airport in southern India on Saturday, killing 158 people after overshooting the runway. Here are some details of the type of plane involved:


The Boeing 737-800 is seen at airports all over the world and together with the competing Airbus A320 is the backbone of many short-haul and medium-haul fleets. The twin-engined Boeing 737 is the world's most widely sold family of planes and has been in service since 1968. The 737-800 is a "next-generation" variant in use since 1998. Air India Express owns 18 of these planes. The crashed plane first flew in December 2007.

Aircraft details
Passenger capacity (typical 2-class): 162 ; (1-class) 189
Flight crew: 2
Length: 39.5 metres
Wing span: 34.3 metres
Interior cabin width: 3.53 metres
Emergency exits: 8 (2 in the front, 4 in the middle, 2 in the back)
Range: 3,060 nautical miles/5,665 kilometres
Engines: Two CFM56-7 engines (Engines made by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric of the United States and Snecma, part of French group Safran.)

First delivery: 1998
Total deliveries to airlines (to end-April 2010): 1,894
Aircraft still on order: 1,345
List price" $66-75 million

Aircraft safety record
Saturday's crash at Mangalore is the worst accident involving the 737-800, according to the Flight Safety Foundation, which runs an accident-tracking website ( In 2006 a Gol-operated 737-800 collided in mid-air with a business jet, killing 154 people, and in 2007 a Kenya Airways 737-800 nose-dived into the ground shortly after take-off at Douala airport in Cameroon, killing 114.


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