Death toll rises to 18 in Air India Express flight crash

Vastavam web: Death toll of Air India express accident has risen to 18, while 16 people injured as per a senior Government official. The Air India Express plane, which was repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic, overshot the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy rain near Kozhikode on Friday. This was India’s worst passenger aircraft accident since 2010.

Actually the flight is carrying 190 passengers. The plane pilot and co-pilot were spot dead at the accident as per Malappuram district officials. All injured passengers were admitted to hospitals, they said. The Boeing-737 the plane skidded off the table-top runway of Calicut, crashing nose-first into the ground. Such runways are located at an altitude and have steep drops at one or both ends. In 2010, an Air India flight hit by same accident at table-top runway at Mangalore and killed 158 people.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri last night told national broadcaster DD News that only an investigation would reveal the cause of the crash. Puri said authorities managed to rescue most of the passengers because the plane did not catch fire while descending the slope at the end of the runway.

Source: Reuters