Saturday, 23 May 2015

Work on memorial for Bajpe air crash victims soon

The victims of 2010 Bajpe air crash were remembered on the occasion of fifth anniversary of the disaster with public representatives, officials and public paying homage at the international airport here on Friday.

In one of the worst aviation disasters of the country, Air India Express Boeing 737-800 aircraft which arrived from Dubai overshot the runway and crashed while landing at the airport on May 22, 2010 at 6 am, killing 158 passengers. Eight passengers were survived miraculously.

Two minutes of silence was observed in respect of the victims. In the meet organised by the district administration, District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and others offered tribute at the venue.

Rai said that he can still remember the charred bodies which were found in the place. He extended his sympathies to the families of the victims and said that one can only pray for the eternal peace of the souls. Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that the district administration and New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) will jointly develop a memorial park at 90 cents (0.75 acres) of land identified near Tannir Bavi, where 18 unidentified bodies were buried. The project is in work order stage, the works of first phase worth Rs 30 lakh would begin within a week with planning and fencing. Meanwhile, the DC said that compensation for the victims has been distributed, except few disputed cases.

The court will take decision about those cases, he said.

Saturday 23 May 2015


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