Kozhikode aircraft crash: AI Express says three aid flights organized

New Delhi, August 8

Air India Express mentioned on Saturday that three aid flights had been organized to Kozhikode in Kerala to help passengers and their relations affected by the aircraft crash a day in the past.

It acknowledged that Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, and Air India Express Chief Executive Officer Okay Shyam Sundar had already reached Kozhikode.

The Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 on board overshot the tabletop runway at Kozhikode airport on Friday evening whereas touchdown in heavy rain and fell right into a valley 35 toes beneath and broke into two, killing at the least 17 folks.

Two particular aid flights have been organized from Delhi and one from Mumbai for rendering help to all of the passengers and the relations, the airline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, 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.

“The AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau), DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and Flight Safety Departments have reached for investigating the accident,” it added.

Officials mentioned Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri would go to Kozhikode on Saturday.

The airline mentioned its chief of operations and the chief of flight security had already reached Kozhikode.

Seventeen folks, together with two pilots, have died within the incident, it mentioned. “The four cabin crew members are confirmed safe.”

The plane was a Boeing 737.

“We are aware of media reports from Kozhikode International Airport (Karipur Airport) in Calicut, India,” plane producer Boeing mentioned in a press release.

“We are gathering more information, and closely monitoring the situation. We have reached out to our customer to offer our assistance,” it mentioned.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

However, particular repatriation flights have been operated by Air India and Air India Express since May 6 underneath the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded folks attain their locations.

Private carriers have additionally operated a sure variety of flights underneath this mission. PTI

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