Kozhikode Air India Express crash: 18 confirmed dead
As many as 18 people were killed in an Air India Express flight crash at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport on Friday (07), after the plane skidded off the runway and fell into a 35-feet valley before splitting.
The pilot-in-command, Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot, Akhilesh Kumar were among those killed onboard the Dubai-Calicut Air India Express aircraft carrying 190 passengers as part of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indian citizens stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 situation.
India's Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri announced an interim relief of INR 1 million for the kin of each of the deceased, INR 200,000 for the seriously injured and INR 50,000 for those who sustained minor injuries. Additionally, Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan also announced a relief of INR 1 million for the deceased.
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, PTI reported.
Earlier in the day, the Kerala Health Department urged all passengers and those who assisted in the rescue operations to get tested as well as go into quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.
(Source: The Indian Express)