WASHINGTON A US State Department spokesman has dismissed an Indian reporters inquiry whether the recent Air India crash was linked to terrorism, saying no one had raised that possibility. Im not aware that anyone in India has suggested a link to terrorism, Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley said Monday in response to a journalists question whether terrorism was suspected since an American team was being sent to help the Indian authorities in their investigation. Only eight people among the 166 passengers and crew on the flight from Dubai to the southwest port city of Mangalore survived early Saturdays crash, after the plane veered off the runway, plunged into a gorge and burst into flames. Asked if there was any reason why India wanted US investigators this time since the crash took place on Indian soil, Crowley said, Lets not get - jump ahead of the investigation. Im not aware that anyone in India has suggested a link to terrorism. We provide this assistance to any country that, unfortunately, suffers a tragedy of this nature. And we will cooperate fully in the Indian investigation.