AI Express says Kozhikode crash probe will take a while, mortal stays handed over to households

New Delhi, August 9

Air India Express mentioned on Sunday the mortal stays of the 16 passengers killed in a airplane crash in Kozhikode have been handed over to their households, and added that authorities had been investigating the accident however it would take a while to finish.

The mortal stays of pilot-in-command Deepak Vasanth Sathe had been taken from Kozhikode to Cochin after which to Mumbai by a flight, the airline mentioned in an announcement.

Sathe’s household was additionally escorted to Mumbai on the identical flight.

The mortal stays of co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar had been cremated “with attendance from all family members as well as with the officials of Air India and Air India Express present to mark respect to the departed soul at Mathura, his hometown,” it mentioned.

The Boeing 737 flight from Dubai with 190 individuals, together with a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway throughout touchdown on the Kozhikode airport in heavy rain on Friday night time, fell right into a valley 35 toes under and broke into two, killing 18 individuals, together with the pilots.

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has initiated an investigation with the help of Flight Safety Officials and it’ll take a while earlier than it’s accomplished, the airline mentioned.

“As regards the deceased passengers, the mortal remains have been handed over to the families with their consent,” it mentioned.

“The mortal remains (of Sathe) were honourably received today i.e. 9th August 2020 at Mumbai International Airport by the officials of Air India and Air India Express who were present to receive the family of the deceased captain along with the mortal remains of the Captain,” the airline famous.

A prayer assembly was organized at Air India premises in Mumbai which was attended by senior officers of the nationwide service in addition to Air India Express, mentioned the assertion.

Many pilots, cabin crew and different personnel additionally joined the prayer assembly, it added.

A complete of 149 individuals have been admitted to hospitals. Twenty-three have been discharged, whereas three are critically injured, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned Saturday after his go to to Kozhikode Medical College, the place most of the passengers had been admitted.

Air India Express is an entirely owned subsidiary of nationwide service Air India. PTI


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