Friday, 1 June 2018

Mangalore – another tragedy in May



Pre-monsoon lashes Mangalore and Udupi through Tuesday, 29 May and left large areas marooned. Nine hours of rain from 9 am brought the city to its knees. Mangaloreans said, they haven't seen such heavy downpour and gusty winds throwing off everything on it's path. This is the first times they have witnessed such massive flooding.

Another tragedy though of a different kind reminded us of another major tragedy that happened on 22 May 2010. The Air India Express 812 crash at Mangalore airport, which overshot the runaway, while landing, killing 158 people on board. People who lost their loved ones are still in grief after seeing the aircraft land and perish right in front of their eyes.


A couple of days ago towards end of May, Mangalore witnessed a catastrophe, very wet and strong windy day bringing the city and surrounding areas to a standstill. Mangalore was hit by pre-monsoon downpour for nine hours with over 270mm of rainfall perhaps highest recorded in the past few decades in a single day. 

Mangalore and Udupi faced the brunt of the cyclone, with unprecedented flooding and damage to life and property. Luckily there was no major loss of lives barring three deaths, due to drowning in the swollen waters or due the falling of walls and roofs. Innocent lives were lost in the rains.

This tragedy though of a different kind reminded us of another major tragedy that happened on 22 May 2010. The Air India Express 812 crash at Mangalore airport, which overshot the runaway, while landing, killing 158 people on board. The aircraft was a 3 year old 737-800 (VT-AXV).

As per the findings, Air India 737-800 was on its way from Dubai to Mangalore. On board were 160 passengers alongwith 6 crew members. Captaining this flight was Capt Zlatko Glusica with over 10,000 hours of flying experience. With him was the First Officer Harbinder Singh Aluwalia from Mumbai.

The flight decended and was given Vectoes for ILS24 approach. As they decended, the weather at Mangalore deterioted, reduced visibility. The Captain had been sleeping during the decent. The First Officer woke him up for the approach and landing. The aircraft was flying above the normal path, about 2,000 feet high. The Captain ignoring the First Officier’s request to abort landing, prepared to land. The Captain put the aircraft into a nose dive, putting all on board in grave danger. They were decending too fast while the First Officier insisted the Captain to go around, but again ignored him. They were decending too fast towards the runaway. The touchdown was so hard, that the gears burst as they landed. There was no way to stop the plane. And it plunged downhill and burst into flames killing 158 people.

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