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Pilot of doomed Air India jet tries to take off again before crash

05-23-2010 16:36 BJT Special Report: Plane crash in South India |

NEW DELHI, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The Serbian pilot of the doomed Air India jet which crashed Saturday apparently tried to take off the plane again before the final crash, said analysts Sunday.

The throttle of the plane has been found by search workers on the site of the crash in a gorge by the side of the runway of the Mangalore airport. The throttle is on forward position, meaning the pilot was accelerating the plane before the crash took place, said analysts.

However, the black box of the plane is yet to be found, which could provide final data on the crash.

Meanwhile, a survivor of the crash told local media that the pilot tried to take off the plane again after touchdown.

One of the wheels of the plane did not touch down on the runway when the plane landed, which could have led the plane to get out of control, said civil aviation sources.

Out of 166 people onboard the plane, 158 were killed and eight miraculously survived in India's worst air disaster in more than one decade.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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