Kozhikode (Ker), August 8
Pilot in-command of the crashed Air India Express flight Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, amongst these killed within the accident right here, was probably the most skilled commanders with greater than 10,000 flying hours and had landed plane 27 occasions on the Karipur airport prior to now, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated on Saturday.
The Minister was chatting with mediapersons after arriving right here to take inventory of the crash of the Dubai-Kozhikode AIE flight with 190 individuals on board right here on Friday night time that left 18 individuals lifeless and scores injured and the aid measures.
“The aircraft was captained and operated by one of our most distinguished, experienced commanders, Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe. In fact, the Captain had more than 10,000 hours of flying experience. He has landed on this very air piece, I think as many as 27 times including this year”, Puri stated.
He appreciated the native airport authority officers, all different businesses and native individuals who participated within the rescue operations quickly after the accident which additionally killed co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar.
The Minister stated they acted in an exemplary method.
The Boeing 737 plane overshot the tabletop runway on the airport right here whereas touchdown in heavy rains and fell right into a valley 35 toes under and broke into two parts. PTI