Atleast 17 have died including the pilot Wing Commander D V Sathe (retired) and his Co-pilot, scores grievously injured when an Air India Express flight overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport in Kerala, on 7th August. The mayhem occurred around 7. 41 PM on Friday, on the day when 19 people died due a land slide in the state.

 

According to Civil aviation authorities, the Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by B737 aircraft from Dubai to Calicut overshot runway at Kozhikode at 17.41 PM . No fire reported at the time of landing.  There are 191 passengers, 10 Infants , 2 Pilots and 5 cabin Crew on board the aircraft. The injured have been shifted to Calicut Medical college, Baby memorial hospital, Kondutti Hospital and Feroke Hospital.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone and informed, about the arrangements made for rescue and medical support. The Prime Minister promised to extend assistance of the Union Government.

 

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan easked all govt agencies to engage in rescue operations using all government facilities.

The CM has deputed A C Moideen, minister for local bodies, to coordinate the rescue operations. CM also has deputed an IG of Police to oversee the rescue operation. Fire and Rescue teams of two district’s also have been engaged.

Health authorities have been instructed to provide all possible medical aid to save lives of victims.

Officials from Air India visited the crash site and launched investigation. Air India, in the morning hours of 8th August, stated that the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India, Chief Executive Officer of Air India Express, Chief of Operations, and the Chief of Flight Safety of Air India Express have arrived at Calicut to proceed with the introspection of the runway.

 

 

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