Black field of crashed AIE flight recovered, toll rises to 18; probe underneath means

Kozhikode, August 8

The black field of the ill-fated Air India Express flight that might throw gentle on the way it overshot the runway right here and crashed has been recovered whereas the toll within the mishap rose to 18 on Saturday with a passenger succumbing to accidents, officers mentioned.

Hours after the AIE flight with 190 individuals on board overshot the tabletop runway on the airport right here whereas touchdown in heavy rain and fell right into a valley 35 toes under and broke into two parts on Friday night time, investigations into the reason for the mishap are underway with high officers of the airways and aviation regulator DGCA dashing right here.

As authorities launched investigations into the crash that additionally left scores injured, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri additionally arrived right here to take inventory of the state of affairs and implementation of the aid measures.

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“Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of the ill-fated aircraft have been retrieved. AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau) is conducting investigations,” Puri tweeted.

The Minister mentioned he would maintain consultations “with senior civil aviation officials and professionals”, including causes for the mishap have been being investigated.

An official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mentioned the DFDR and CVR are with the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau and can be despatched to Delhi for additional investigation.

Puri introduced Rs 10 lakh interim aid for every of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh for the critically injured and Rs 50,000 for individuals who suffered minor accidents.

Malappuram District Collector Ok Gopalakrishnan mentioned another passenger succumbed to accidents, taking the toll within the civil aviation mishap in Kerala to 18.

Barring one, all those that had perished within the accident had been recognized, he advised reporters.

The situation of 16 passengers amongst 149 admitted to varied hospitals is critical, he mentioned.

Amid the tragedy, coronavirus scare, too, surfaced with samples of one of many passengers who died within the mishap testing constructive for the pathogen with state Health Minister KK Shailaja asking all these engaged within the rescue operations to go on self-quarantine as a precautionary measure and get themselves examined.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, who arrived right here within the morning from New Delhi on the directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was briefed by the officers of Air India and Airport Authority of India (AAI) on the accident, that claimed the lives of each the pilots.

“Visited the crash site at #Calicut Airport. Officials of @airindiain and AAI briefed on how the accident had occurred. The investigation is on to ascertain various aspects of the crash,” Muraleedharan mentioned in a tweet.

It additionally mentioned three aid flights had been organized to help passengers and their relations affected within the accident that additionally introduced again reminiscences of the crash of Air India Express flight IX 812 on May 22, 2010, at Mangaluru International Airport.

The flight from Dubai had overshot the runway and plunged down the cliff right into a wooded valley, killing 158 individuals.

As high officers rushed right here for investigations, it emerged the aviation regulator had issued a show-cause discover to the director of the Kozhikode airport on July 11 final 12 months after it discovered “various critical safety lapses”.

The DGCA had pointed to cracks on the runway, water stagnation and extreme rubber deposits amongst different lapses in its show-cause discover, an official mentioned.

It had carried out the inspection after an Air India Express flight coming from Dammam in Saudi Arabia had a “tail strike” whereas touchdown on the airport right here on July 2 final 12 months, the official mentioned.

Air India tweeted that its Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, and Air India Express Chief Executive Officer Ok Shyam Sundar and others “rushed” to the accident web site “to take stock of the situation and are being briefed by experts”.

Two particular aid flights had been organized from Delhi and one from Mumbai for rendering humanitarian help to all of the passengers and the relations, Air India Express, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the nationwide service, mentioned.

“The Emergency Response Director is coordinating with all the agencies in Calicut (Kozhikode), Mumbai as well as Delhi, Dubai for effective emergency response,” it mentioned in a press release. PTI

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