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Heartbreaking Mangalore Flight Accident

Updated on January 8, 2011

In the early hours of 22nd May 2010, most of the passengers boarded on the Air-India Express Boeing flight No 737-812 flying from Dubai to Mangalore, India never knew that that was their last morning in their life. The whole country shocked on hearing the mournful news of the flight accident that held at 6:10 AM (ISD) on 22nd May of 2010 nearby Bajbe Airport of Mangalore. This was really sad to learn that there were 158 people killed including 19 young children, 2 babies, 6 Air-India staffs and 2 pilots just a few minutes before landing. The flight went down into the slope lying on one side of the runway and it crashed into pieces. Very few pople escaped by jumping from the flight before it was crashed. Most of the people killed in this deadliest plane crash were belonged to Kerala and Karnataka. It is reported that the chief pilot Z.Glusica who drove the plane had more than 10,000 hours of flying experience and he was from Serbian origin in British and the co-pilot H.S.Aluvalia, Mangalore was also said to have enough experience of 3,650 flying hours. Since it was early morning most of the passengers had been in deep sleep. When the flight was flying at about 10 Km away from the control room of Mangalore Airport, the pilot announced the passengers to wear the belt. Though the weather was so clear and the plane was run by the experienced pilots who have understood well about the airport, the real reasons for the accident are yet unknown.

The Accident Spot

How Could This Great Tradgedy Have Happened?

The experts and other senior pilots are saying many reasons for the happening of this deadliest flight accident ever happened in India. The prime reason could be the relatively shorter runway of the Mangalore Airport. It has been the report of Indian pilots for a long since that Mangalore is not safer for landing flights in bigger size. It is also included in the list of risky airports of India as it is provided with table-top landing since it is located on the top of hillock. If the pilot did a small error in landing, there would be a lot of chances to meet the accident. Incase if there had been enough space on both sides of runway, the pilot might have saved all the lifes of passengers as well as the flight.

It is also understood that the pilot already had great flying experience and he might have tried to avoid accident, after learning the situation, by diverting the direction of the plane and making another round for safer landing. But, being an experienced and senior pilot he might have feared to face many enquiries, depromotion and so on. If he was given freedom to land the flight, there would be no need of pledging the life of many hundreds of innocent passengers boarded on the ill fated flight. So, the Air-India should relax the rules and regulations for landing particularly for the risky airports like Mangalore.

Many people on the spot who witnessed the accident are saying that the flight had crossed the mark of landing point as the pilot started downing the plane along the runway from the height of 2000 ft instead of 1000 ft. This mistake of pilot made the flight to cross the safer point of landing as he might have missed landing threshold. It is said that he gave full pressure to the brake system and the tyres burst which might be responsible for the change of direction of the plane and crashing into pieces.

Now the clear reason for the tragedy has been known with the help of blackbox. It's really bad to understand that chief pilot Z.Glusica ignored the words and warning left by the co-pilot H.S.Aluvalia at the last moment. He warned his captain that they had been in total risk and urged to avoid the landing then. It is still bad to know that Z.Glusica also neglected the warning from the control room. Every thing went wrong in that last few minutes when the chief pilot tried to control the speed of the flight.

But, one thing is true that Z.Glusica like pilots have left a great lesson to the other pilots in all over the world. Every chief pilot should understand the fact that the co-pilot is also holding responsibility in the safety driving of planes. They all need to cooperate with the co-pilots and carefully follow the instructions from the control room.

Air-India should take necessary steps to avoid this type of accidents

This is in fact a bitter lesson for Air-India. Air-India should not allow this sort of flight accidents in future. They should find it necessary to learn hereafter the real resons for the accident and correct the landing problems in other risky airports of India including Calicut, Sri Nagar, Kashmir, Port Blair in Andaman and Agathi in Lakshadweep. As alreday said the higher officials of Air-India should relax the rules and regulations in landing flights in those risky air-ports considering the safety of passengers.

May God bless the soul of people who lost their life in this terrible plane crash and we also pray Him for giving strength to the people who have lost their relatives and friends in this unforgettable worst flight accident. 


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    7 years ago

    please avoided this type of accidents

  • ratnaveera profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear hafeezrm,Thanks a lot for adding your valuable comments here. It is indeed unforgettable great tragedy that happened at the last moment of landing. If the pilots had taken the correct decision, that tragedy would not have happened!

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    8 years ago from Pakistan

    I have read an account of this accident on hubpages but you have described it better. Of course, a pilot has to take split-second decision and mistakes are inevitable. Such accidents provide feedback which is used for improvement of the system.

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    8 years ago

    very sad thing happened.I pray for those who reached the foot of god

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    8 years ago

    feel sorry for this tragedy. I am sure that this wont happen again.

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    8 years ago

    it is very horrible to say this. did children did any sin

  • ratnaveera profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear Suki C, Thanks a lot for coming here and sharing your feelings. This has really become unforgettable tragedy in our life.

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    Barbara C 

    8 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

    This is such a sad story to read - I fly often and we have to put our faith into other human beings - very scary!

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    8 years ago


    THEN WHY SHOULD THEY WANT TO BE....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ratnaveera profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear sdhaliwal, Thanks a lot for visiting this page and your nice comments. The reason for the accident has been come out with the help of black box. It is incredibly true that the chief pilot ignored the warning left by co-pilot. He also neglected the warning from the control room. So, the heart-rending tragedy happened due to the over confidence of the chief pilot.

  • sdhaliwal profile image


    8 years ago

    A really heart-rending accident. but in most of the newspapars it was mentioned that the airport and runway are as per international ramifications. comprehensive investigation should be done to find the reasons. now that thye have found the blackbox, i think something will come out.

    anyhow a nice hub and you picked up an issue which required some consideration.

  • ratnaveera profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Cumbum

    Dear drbj, Thank you for visiting this Hub and sharing your feelings. Yes! it is really hard to understand the real reasons behind that plane tragedy. It is the latest report that pilot mistake could be the major reason for the accident.

    But, what happened to the communication between the control room and pilots. Yet it is remaining as puzzle!

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    Hard to understand why larger commercial planes are still allowed to land at Mangalore Airport since you state that pilots have known for some time how unsafe the shorter runways are. It's a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided.


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