Air India Express flight IX 1344 crashed at the Kozhikode International airport in Kerala last evening. The flight, flying in from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), skipped off the runway and fell into a 35-feet valley while landing at around 7.41 pm. Around 18 people died in the crash, the pilot-in-command Caption Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were among those killed on board the Dubai-Calicut Air India Express aircraft.
The flight was carrying 190 passengers as part of the Vande Bharat Mission. The civil aviation ministry’s investigation agency, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), has recovered a digital flight data recorder and cockpit recorder from the Air India plane.
A black box has been recovered of the aircraft, will help the investigators figure out what prevented the Boeing Co. 737 from making a landing on Friday. The equipment will be further brought to Delhi for investigation.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the plane overshot the runway in rainy conditions and went down 35 feet into a slope before breaking into pieces. He further announced an interim relief of Rs.10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased, Rs. 2 lakh for seriously injured, and Rs. 50,000 for those who sustained minor injuries.
PM Modi tweeted, “Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected.”
BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) chief Mayawati tweeted, “Salute to the unmatched efficiency, prudence and bravery of the Air India pilots who lost their lives yesterday in Kerala while saving the lives of 190 passengers aboard. I appeal to the Central and State Government to give full respect to them for their sacrifice”.
All passengers have been admitted to various hospitals, and they are also being tested for COVID-19.