The minister mentioned he’s deeply ‘anguished and distressed’ on the accident and aid groups from Air India and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are being instantly dispatched from Delhi and Mumbai.
- Final Up to date: August 8, 2020, 12:00 AM IST
An Air India Categorical flight from Dubai with 191 individuals onboard overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport on Friday in wet circumstances and went down 35 toes right into a slope earlier than breaking apart into two items, mentioned Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
He mentioned the Kerala police has reported 11 deaths within the accident.
The minister mentioned he’s deeply “anguished and distressed” on the accident and aid groups from Air India and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are being instantly dispatched from Delhi and Mumbai.
“All efforts are being made to assist passengers. A proper enquiry will likely be carried out by AAIB (Plane Accident Investigation Bureau),” the minister mentioned on Twitter.
“Deeply anguished & distressed on the air accident in Kozhikode. The Air India Categorical flight quantity AXB-1344 on its means from Dubai to Kozhikode with 191 individuals on board, overshot the runway in wet circumstances & went down 35 ft. right into a slope earlier than breaking apart into two items,” he mentioned.
Earlier than him, the ministry mentioned in an announcement that there have been a complete 190 individuals onboard the plane – 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew.
The ministry mentioned the B737 plane overshot the runway at 7.41 PM on Friday however no hearth was reported on the time of touchdown.
“As per the preliminary reviews, rescue operations are on and passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care,” the ministry famous.
The Air India Categorical is a completely owned subsidiary of Air India and it has solely B737 plane in its fleet.
It’s learnt that pilot-in-command Deepak Sathe died in the course of the accident. He was a former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Power (IAF). He had served on the IAF’s flight testing institution.
The Director Common of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mentioned the flight, IX 1344, continued operating to the top of the runway amid heavy rain and “fell down within the valley and broke down in two items”.
Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Nevertheless, since Could 6, particular repatriation flights have been operated by Air India and Air India Categorical beneath the Vande Bharat Mission to assist stranded individuals attain their locations. Non-public carriers have additionally operated a sure variety of flights beneath this mission.
A spokesperson for the Air India Categorical mentioned that assist centres are being arrange at Sharjah and Dubai for affected individuals.
“We remorse that there was an incident relating to our plane VT GHK, working IX 1344,” the spokesperson added.
(With inputs from information companies)
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