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Mangalore crash: US, Britain, Pak offer condolence

The US, Britain, Russia, Germany, Pakistan and several other countries today condoled the death of 158 people in an Air India plane crash in Mangalore, the worst air disaster in the country in a decade.

world Updated: May 22, 2010 19:45 IST

The US, Britain, Russia, Germany, Pakistan and several other countries today condoled the death of 158 people in an Air India plane crash in Mangalore, the worst air disaster in the country in a decade.

US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer, offering his heart-felt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in the crash, said Washington stands ready to provide any support in this time of tragedy.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected. We have reached out to the Government of India to express our condolences and to offer any appropriate assistance," Roemer said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolence messages to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing his deep shock.

"I am shocked at the news about the tragedy: With the people of India we also are grieved at the multiple loss of human lives. I request you to convey our sincere sympathies to the bereaved families and wishes of speedy recovery of the injured in the air crash," a Kremlin release in Moscow quoted Medvedev as saying.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle also offered their deep condolences.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims, their families and all others affected by the tragic plane crash in Mangalore. We wish those who have been injured a full and quick recovery," Hague said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a message to Singh said, "I was deeply shocked to learn of the tragic crash of an Air India Express aircraft this morning in Karnataka, resulting in the loss of many precious lives."

"On behalf of the government and people of Pakistan and on my own behalf, I would like to convey our deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families," Gilani said.

In her condolence message to Singh, Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina conveyed her heartfelt sympathy to the members of the bereaved families, prayed for the departed souls and early recovery of the wounded survivors.