New Delhi: Bodies of all the 158 victims of the Air India Express plane crash near Bajpe airport here have been recovered from the wreckage site, a top police official said.
With all bodies extricated, authorities also ended search operations in and around the deep ravine, into which the aircraft had plunged after overshooting the runway soon after landing.
"Of the 158 bodies, 72 bodies have been identified," Commissioner of Police Seemanth Kumar Singh said.
The IX 812 Dubai-Mangalore Air India flight had 160 passengers and six crew members on board.
The eight persons who escaped from the jaws of death included five adults and three infants. They are undergoing treatment in hospitals here and are stated to be out of danger, police said.
The Airports Authority of India has established control rooms at: Chennai - tel. no. 044-2256 1365 & 2256 0894. Mangalore - tel. no. 0824-2220422
Delhi - tel. no. 011-2461 0848/2461 0843.