Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mangalore air crash: burial site remains unprotected

Mangalore: Nearly two years after the air crash claimed 158 lives and the remains of 12 victims buried as they could not be identified, the site of the anonymous graves at Thannirbhavi here remains unmarked and unprotected.
The Dubai-Mangalore Air India flight IX 812 overshot the table-top runway and nosedived into a wooded area before bursting into flames, killing 158 passengers on May 22, 2010. Only eight passengers survived. The bodies recovered from the crash site were charred. Twelve bodies could not be identified. After DNA tests failed, the 12 bodies were buried at a site in Thannirbhavi, just off National Highway 66, adjacent to the Phalguni river. The victims included a boy and girl.
When this correspondent visited the spot on Friday, at least three trucks carrying sand passed close to the graves in a span of 15 minutes. The burial site is unrecognisable from what it was nearly two years ago, as sand has been dumped near the graves. Sand is also being transported from the river from two sites right next to the graves.
21/04/12 Anisha Sheth/The Hindu