Indian plane crashes

The Boeing 727 from Dubai was carrying 160 passengers and six crew members when it crashed outside the city of Mangalore at 6:30 a.m. It then caught fire, hampering immediate rescue attempts from people in the neighboring village of Manapur.

Eight passengers were rescued and taken to local hospitals for treatment, Air India director Anup Srivastava said in a statement. “We are setting up helplines and contacting relatives and making arrangements for all possible rescue teams,” he said.

Television images showed charred bodies being pulled out of the wreckage as firefighters worked to douse the flames. In one case, a child’s limp, burned body was extricated from the smoldering plane by a policeman, who carried the child up a hill as other rescuers offered to pull him up.

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