By: Mahesh Nayak
Mangaluru, Feb 19, 2020: You can call it a tragedy of errors – but the news doing the rounds on social media is true, that two planes have collided midair during take off today at Mangalore Airport. But the ‘Mangalore’ concerned is not our loveable city Kudla. This ‘Mangalore’ is our city’s ‘twin’ located in Australia, which also has a tiny airport.
A viral message on social media about the news has caused a panic among Mangaloreans as it instantly brought back painful memories and the horror of the crash of Air India Express Flight 812. The crach which took place on 22 May 2010 killed 158 people, including 6 crew members.
A quick Google reach has revealed that on 19 February 2020 (today), two small planes - a Piper PA-44-180 and a Beechcraft D95A - collided mid-air at 11:30 a.m. local time, resulting in four fatalities. All four victims are yet to be identified.
Mangalore is a small town in the state of Victoria, Australia, two hours north of Melbourne by road. According to Wikipedia, Mangalore Airport (ICAO: YMNG) is located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) west of this town. Mangalore airport is used largely by recreational flyers, those learning to fly and is also used by state and federal government departments.
It is believed to have been so named by former a British officer as a tribute to his earlier posting in Kudla.