Air India Express crashes in Kozhikode

An Air India Express plane crashed at an airport in Kerela. The plane carrying 184 people out of which 18 were killed.

The plane was “The Boeing 737”, it was flying from Dubai to Calicut. The cause of the plane crash was skidding because of rain. The heavy rain left the runway slippery which caused the plane to loose its control, according to one aviation member.

India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, tweeted that” the air craft overshot the runway in rainy conditions” then plunged down a 35ft (10.6m) slope, before breaking in two.

The aircraft crashed at 19:40 local time (14:10 GMT) on Friday, as it attempted to land for a second time at Calicut International Airport. The first attempt aborted by the pilots because of the heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashing Kerala.

The rescue operation at the crash site has now completed. The survivors are taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), meanwhile, directed its personnel to go into quarantine. As a precautionary measure after at least two passengers of the flight tested positive for covid-19.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased. Rs 2 lakh for the seriously injured and Rs 50,000 for those who sustained minor injuries. Additionally, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also announced a relief of Rs 10 lakh for the deceased.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to express his sympathy for “those who lost their loved ones” in the crash.

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