Air India Express Flight 812 | Indian Avionics
Air India Express Flight 812 | Indian Avionics

Air India Express Flight 812 | Indian Avionics

Though air India express flight provides the safest flights and takes all the measures regarding the passenger’s safety, sometimes things happen without any cause. One such horrifying incident happened which can make someone’s blood run cold.

The 22 May 2010 saw a long landing at Mangalore Airport in Karnataka on the Air India Express Boeing 7 37 from Dubai. The captain continued an unbalanced approach as the plane rushed towards the end of the runway, despite three appeals from the first officer “going around” which led the aircraft to exaggerate the route, fall down a hillside and burst into flames. Out of 160 passengers and six crew on board. The 158 were killed, with only eight surviving (all crew members, 152 passengers).


This was Air India Express’ first fatal flight crash. Flight 812 is the second most deadly crash with 158 deaths. DGCA Important Airfield Guidelines limit “controlled take-offs and landings,” meaning that the aircraft can only be piloted by the captain (not the initial officer) during the takeoff and landing. Captain Glušica had 16 times landed in  Mangalore, while first officer Ahluwalia had flown to the airport 66 times; both pilots had prior experience with this airport. Then also after all this, such an incident might not be believed by one. But it happened!


The aircraft tackled and hit at the far end of the hill when they had reached 8,033-foot (2,448 m) on Route 24. There were no signs of discomfort during the final contact between Air traffic control and the pilots before the landing.

The then Minister of Civil Aviation, Praful Patel, told the plane that it follows an ILS approach to landing on the newer, long runway, which starts in 2006. In a 6.9 km (4.3 miles) ITS approach, a pilot confirms to ATC that landing clearances are providing at 2,000 feet (610 m) from touchdown. ATC received an ILS approach. When the aircraft went through the field, the starboard wing hit the concrete socket of the ILS antenna. The bottom of the tabletop was eventually fell about 790 feet after the end and down the steep hillside and it stops between 660 and 980 feet (200 and 300 m) below the top of a mountain.


TV footages short after the crash showed the aircraft’s remains on fire and smoke from the accident lying on its bottom. The Minister also claimed that with 3.7 miles (6.0 kilometres), the weather conditions were regular and that the wind was calmer, with no rain at the time of the crash. Just after the incident, a drizzle started.

Rescue and investigation

The survivor said, “The plane broke into two and a cloud of thick black smoke filled the cabin. I jumped into the window through an opening. I was followed by another six passengers. The local villagers are the first becoming helping hand for us and then its estimation of 15 fire engines. Also, 20 ambulances and 100 rescue teams allotment immediately to rescue operations. 150 workers transfer Mangalore to support relief and rescue operations by the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF). Since the day of the crash, bodies of all the deceased have been found, with parents receiving 87 bodies from the crash site. The UPA chairman Sonia Gandhi sent a message of grief and want everyone to be “quickly restored”. The accident would cost insurers and their reinsurers €350 to €400 (€3,5 billion to € 4 billion).

Air India’s Insurer, which includes Bajaj Allianz, Iffco-Tokio, and HDFC Ergo, is responsible for paying the hull claims for USD 20 million (about one million) and by August 2010, $50 million (about $230 or $2.3 billion) made the collection by the airline, 60% of the estimation $800 million (about $300 million). As the Indians were demanding questions, scholars urge to reveal startling descriptions of the minutes and hours that completes the tragedy. It was a really strong approach. If pilots had used the full braking power, the aircraft may have stopped on the runway.

The first officer told the captain to walk but was under ignorance again and again. And the captain slept on the wheel for at least 110 minutes from the flight. It is going all the way down to the airport. Researches have taken the opportunity to make a detailed list of recommendations to revolutionize aviation security in India.

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