An Air India Express plane met an accident on Friday in Kozhikode in Kerala. The Air India Express plane skidded off the runway with more than 190 onboard, and fell into a deep valley of 35 feet, breaking the plane into two.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation minister was deeply distressed and anguished at the incident. Relief teams from Air India and AAI have been dispatched from Delhi and Mumbai.
“All efforts are being made to help passengers. A formal enquiry will be conducted by AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau),” he said on Twitter.
He told national broadcaster DD News, the plane ould not lad the first time because of bad weather conditions, so the plane took a turnaround to approach landing from a different direction. He added that the plane crash might have appeared due o slippery runway.
NDRF Director General SN Pradhan said we must remember that it is a tabletop runway at Kozhikode. “There seems to have been injuries among all the passengers and some of them are unconscious,” he said.
Luckily, the aircraft did not catch fire, and the rescue team started working immediately with the help of local people.
According to officials of the Kerala Police, all the injured have been shifted to various hospitals nearby. It had been raining heavily at the time of the accident.
Air India Express said in a statement that that 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots, and 5 cabin crew were onboard. 18 people including the pilot and the co-pilot lost their lives in this accident.
“Due to crash landing of the flight, it may affect the network but the Vande Bharat Mission continues,” the airline added.
India’s top aviation body, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter. It said the plane broke into “two pieces” after landing at the airport.
“The aircraft didn’t land properly. It was raining heavily, it then skidded off the runway and fell into a 35-ft valley. Two dead is what we know as per initial reports but the rescue operation is on,” DGCA Director Arun Kumar told CNN-News18. “We are ascertaining the situation.”