Kozhikode, August 8
One of the 18 passengers, who died when an Air India Express flight from Dubai crashed landed on the airport right here, has examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel instructed the media that samples of the passenger, Sudheer Varyath (45), had been despatched for testing and it had returned optimistic for the illness.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has directed its personnel to enter preventive quarantine after not less than two passengers of the Air India Express flight that crashed at Kozhikode examined optimistic for COVID-19, officers mentioned on Saturday.
The CISF has mentioned it was the “first responder” to rescue passengers on Friday as its Assistant Sub-Inspector, Ajit Singh, was on runway patrol when the Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 folks on board overshot the tabletop runway, fell right into a 35-foot valley and broke into two.
Health Minister KK Shailaja has requested all folks engaged within the rescue operations to report back to the well being authorities and go on self-quarantine as a precautionary measure and get themselves examined.
The flight with 190 passengers and crew on board had overshot the runway right here whereas touchdown on Friday evening and fell right into a valley about 35 ft beneath and broke into two parts.
The situation of 16 passengers, admitted to varied hospitals, was critical, Malappuram Collector Ok Gopalakrishnan mentioned.
“We are identifying our personnel, who rescued the passengers who have tested positive for coronavirus,” CISF Special Director General (Airports) M A Ganapathy instructed PTI.
Another senior officer mentioned the drive had data that two passengers have examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Around 50 CISF personnel, who had been concerned within the rescue operation, and their relations have been requested to quarantine themselves, he mentioned.
The drive may also conduct COVID-19 exams of all those that had been uncovered, the officer mentioned.
The CISF gives a counter-terrorist cowl to the Kozhikode airport.
Another official mentioned the rescuers of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and different airport officers had additionally been requested to enter self-quarantine in view of the COVID-19 optimistic report of some passengers.
ASI Singh, who noticed the crash first, had instantly alerted his management room, which later knowledgeable the airport authorities and rescue groups from the CISF, airport authority, fireplace and police had been subsequently rushed to the spot.
The CISF was inducted at this airport in 2001-2002 and has a energy of about 350 personnel, an officer mentioned. PTI