Kozhikode, Agencies. Air India aircraft coming from Dubai fell victim to the accident at Kozhikode in Kerala late on Friday evening. The runway was flooded due to heavy rains and the aircraft slipped into a ditch about 50 feet deep at the time of landing. The aircraft had a total of 190 passengers, of which 18 people have died and 127 have been injured. According to the information, the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) has been recovered from the aircraft. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has left for Kozhikode Airport. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor Arif Mohammad Khan will also visit Kozhikode today.
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- Kerala Health Minister KK Selja has asked people engaged in rescue operations to be self-quarantined after the plane crash. He told that the Kerala government will conduct a corona test for all of them.
- Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) has been recovered from the aircraft. Floorboard being cut to recover cockpit voice recorder (CVR): DGCA officials
- I saw the debris of the plane, it is broken into two pieces. The investigation is underway. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has already ordered an inquiry and the Civil Aviation Minister is reaching around 12 pm: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muralidharan
- Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali expressed grief over the Kozhikode plane crash. He expressed condolences to the relatives of the dead and wished the injured to recover soon.
- Senior officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DG), Ministry of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Air Navigation Service will meet in Delhi today for the crash landing of the Air India Express aircraft which took place in Kozhikode.
- This morning view of Karipur Airport of Kozhikode. 18 people, including two pilots, have lost their lives in the plane crash.
Flight under the Vande Bharat Mission was carrying 190 passengers from Dubai. Pilot would have tried to stop the aircraft till the end of the runway of the tabletop airport where the aircraft would have slipped due to the monsoon conditions: Hardeep Singh Puri
- Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that 18 people, including pilots, have lost their lives in two plane accidents, this is unfortunate. 127 people are injured, others have been discharged from the hospital. Thankfully the plane did not fire. I am going to Kozhikode Airport.
Two special relief flights have been arranged from Delhi and Mumbai to provide humanitarian assistance to all passengers and family members. AAIB, DGCA and Flight Safety Department have reached to investigate the incident: Air India Express
The aircraft was on Vande Bharat campaign
The Boeing 737 aircraft were bringing back stranded Indians in the Gulf countries under the Vande Bharat campaign. The crash occurred at 7:41 pm on the tabletop runway number 10 of Karipur Airport in Kozhikode on Friday evening and broke into two pieces. The first part suffered more damage. Thankfully, the plane was not on fire and a large number of people survived. Due to rain, low light also became a reason for the accident.
AAIB will investigate the accident
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri expressed deep grief over the accident. He tweeted, 'Sad and saddened by the air crash in Kozhikode. Every effort is being made to help the passengers. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will investigate the incident. In a late night tweet, Puri said, "According to the flight list, there were 190 people on board. These include 174 adult passengers, 10 newborns, four crew members and two pilots. '
Tried twice to land
According to the global flight tracker website 'Flytradar24', the Air India Express aircraft in Kerala circled several times before crashing at Kozhikode Airport and tried to land twice more, but it was not successful. Rias, a passenger on the plane, also confirmed that the aircraft had tried to land twice earlier. Another passenger, Fatima, said that the plane had come down very fast and had gone ahead.