A full judicial investigation has been ordered into the Indian Airlines crash on Saturday (4 August) in which 45 people died.
A full judicial investigation has been ordered into the Indian Airlines crash on Saturday (4 August) in which 45 people died. According to the Indian Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr. Mohammed Shafi Qureshi, the plane was flying two thousand feet (650 metres) lower than it should have been on its approach run to Bombay's Santa Cruz airport when it crashed.
SYNOPSIS: A grim sight awaited rescuers as they arrived on the scene of Saturday's crash. The hillside -- in Kiravali, Western India -- was strewn with wreckage of the crashed Avro-Ten aircraft.
Firemen removing the bodies of the 41 passengers and four crew members had their work hampered by heavy monsoon rains. Many of the corpses were scattered over a wide area, as were their luggage and personal possessions. Some were mutilated beyond recognition.
The plane was on a domestic flight from Pune -- formerly Poona -- to Bombay when it crashed late on Saturday night, some fifty miles (80 kilometres) short of its destination. After experts had examined the plane's flight recorder, Indian Minister of Aviation, Mr. Mohammed Shafi Qureshi, announced that the pilot and been flying two thousand feet (650 metres) too low.
At the foot of Kiravali hill, meanwhile, friends and relatives of the passengers gathered in hope of hearing there were survivors. But after extensive searches of the wreckage and surrounding hillside, all forty-one passengers on the original flight list, plus four crew members, were declared dead. The judicial investigation will attempt to find out why the plane was flying so low.