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Mangalore plane crash 'Breaking News' in US media

world Updated: May 22, 2010 22:12 IST
Mangalore plane crash

The Mangalore plane crash that killed 158 people was widely covered by the US media with several television channels airing live images from the site and news papers posting lead stories on their websites.

Leading television channels in the US like CNN, Fox News and newspapers such as the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal covered the tragic incident extensively with a number of stories.

A Boeing 737 plane of Air India's low budget carrier overshot the Mangalore airport runway in Karnataka and burst into flames early this morning killing 158 persons, including six crew members, but eight others survived.

Most television news channels flashed the plane crash near the Mangalore airport as 'Breaking News' and were almost giving minute-to-minute updates from India. They also flashed live images from ground zero.

"CNN has confirmed that 160 people are dead after an Air India plane crash in southern India, this according to an Indian official. The plane burst into flames after overshooting the runway. Officials also say six or seven passengers may have survived," CNN news anchor said.

"The plane had departed Dubai and landed in Mangalore, India at 6:30 am local time. Smoke from the plane and the rough terrain is hampering rescue efforts, we're told, though 25 to 30 ambulances are on the scene," the anchor said.

The Washington Post carried it as the lead story on its website and the headline read: 'Plane crash in India kills nearly 160 people, 8 survive'.

"Television images showed charred bodies being pulled out of the wreckage as firefighters worked to douse the flames. In one case, a child's limp, burned body was extricated from the smoldering plane by a policeman, who carried the child up a hill as other rescuers offered to pull him up," the daily said.

'Scores Feared Dead in Southern India Plane Crash," read The New York Times' headline.

"Rescue workers scrambled over the smoldering crash site, looking for more survivors among the charred remains, but there was little hope of finding anyone else alive," it said.

"The crash, at an airport with a short runway built on a plateau and surrounded by cliffs, is likely to renew debate about safety standards in India's rapidly expanding aviation sector," the daily said.

Leading business daily The Wall Street Journal had this as the headline -- "Air India Crash Kills 158".

"Air India has been struggling to overcome the global recession, payments for new aircraft, an entrenched staff, a botched merger and increasing competition from private carriers.