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158 bodies recovered from Air India crash site

Mangalore, May 22 (Calcutta Tube) Air India said late Saturday that 158 people were killed in the Air India Express crash at Mangalore airport and all the bodies have been recovered.

‘There were 160 passengers and six crew members on board. There are eight survivors reported so far and they are under proper care in hospitals,’ Air India said in a statement. It had earlier in the day released the names of seven survivors.

It did not give the name of the eighth survivor.

After the recovery of all 158 bodies by late Saturday, more than 80 of them charred beyond recognition, search for the black box and cockpit voice recorder was suspended. It will resume Sunday, police and rescue officials said.

All the bodies have been kept at the government-run Wenlock hospital here where weeping relatives and friends were making desperate efforts to identify the bodies.

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