A top aide of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and India's new High Commissioner to Australia were among 48 people who died on Thursday (31 May) when a Boeing 737 airliner crashed in flames in a fashionable New Delhi suburb.
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Background: A top aide of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and India's new High Commissioner to Australia were among 48 people who died on Thursday (31 May) when a Boeing 737 airliner crashed in flames in a fashionable New Delhi suburb.
The Prime Minister aide who died was Mr. Mohan Kumaramangalam, Indian Minister of Steel and Mines. The other diplomat who died was High Commissioner Gurnam Singh.
The Indian Airways Boeing crashed in flames while coming in to land at Palam Airport after a two-hour flight from Madras.
Seventeen survivors, including the pilot and co-pilot, an Indian deputy minister, Mr. Bal Govind Verma, and two Members of Parliament, were rushed to hospital by local residents. The dead included three members of an American family.
The crash was the second major air disaster on the approach route to Palam airport in the past year. A Japan Airlines DC-10 crashed last June, killing 89 people. In addition, an Indian Airlines Fokker Friendship crashed two months later with the loss of 18 lives.
SYNOPSIS: In India, forty-eight people died on Thursday when a Boeing Seven-Three airliner crashed while coming into land at New Delhi's Palam Airport. Among the dead were a top aide of Prime Minister Indra Gandhi and India's new High Commissioner to Australia.
The Indian Airways Boeing crashed in flames at the end of a two-hour flight from Madras. The crash was the second major air disaster on the approach route to Palamm Airport in the past year. A Japan Airlines airliner crashed last June, killing eighty-nine people. In addition, two months later, an Indian Airlines aircraft crashed with the loss of eighteen lives.
The dead included three members of an American family. There were seventeen survivors from Thursday's crash. Among them were the aircraft's pilot and co-pilot. An India Deputy Minister and two Members of the Indian Parliament also escaped. The survivors were taken to hospital by local residents. The Boeing Seven-Three-Seven crashed in a fashionable suburb of New Delhi where many foreign diplomats have their homes.
The top aide who died was the Indian Minister of Steel and Mines, Mr. Mohan Mumaramangalam. The fifty-seven-year-old Minister had been due to visit Poland in a weeks time. India's new High Commissioner to Australia, Mr. Gurnam Singh, who died in the crash, was formerly Chief Minister of Punjab State.
Rescue teams worked throughout the night and into the early hours of Friday morning. One of their tasks was to collect the passengers' personal belongings, which had been scattered over a wide area by the impact.