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August 08, 2020 / 08:05 PM IST

Air India Express Flight Crash Highlights: Centre announces relief for victims; Kerala govt, Air India Express follow suit

Air India Express Flight Crash Highlights: Flight IX 1344, being operated as part of the Vande Bharat Mission, crashed at Kerala's Kozhikode airport last evening

Air India Express Flight Crash Highlights: Air India Express flight IX 1344 crashed at the Kozhikode international airport in Kerala last evening. The flight, flying in from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), overshot the runway while landing at around 7.41 pm. As many as 18 people died in the crash, including both pilots. At least 100 others were injured. It was being operated as part of the Vande
Bharat Mission – the Centre’s repatriation programme – and had about 190 people onboard. Kerala’s Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri visited Kozhikode today. Catch the latest updates here:
  • August 08, 2020 / 08:04 PM IST

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  • August 08, 2020 / 07:56 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Shaken and stunned, Kozhikode crash survivors recall the horror

    It all happened in a flash. Or so it seemed. Just when they thought they had reached home, their plane skidded off the runway at the airport, breaking into two as it fell into a 35-feet gorge in pelting rain, survivors of the crash said on Saturday. For some, the homecoming never happened. Eighteen people were killed, including the two pilots. For others, the screams of their fellow passengers trapped in the twisted metal, the injuries, the close brush with death and the interminable wait to be rescued are part of a nightmare they may take a long time to wake up from. (PTI)

  • August 08, 2020 / 07:48 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Five Airports Have Tabletop Runways 

    At least five airports, including at Kozhikode where an Air India Express aircraft crashed on Friday, have tabletop runways. They are: Kozhikode, Mangalore (Karnakata), Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) and Pakyong (Sikkim).

  • August 08, 2020 / 06:49 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the tragic plane crash at Kozhikode

  • August 08, 2020 / 06:45 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | "I don't want to fly again": Surviving India's worst crash in 10 years

    Seated on the last row of the plane, Muhammed Junaid sensed something was amiss when Air India Express flight IX 1344 from Dubai was jerked around by strong winds as it approached the southern Indian city of Kozhikode late on Friday. After an aborted attempt, the aircraft swung around and touched down on the runway, said Junaid, who like many others onboard worked in the Middle East but was forced to return home when his salary halved because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • August 08, 2020 / 06:30 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Deceased passenger's last FB post read 'Back to Home'

    Nothing could serve as a more haunting reminder of the transience of life and happiness than the tragic demise of 35-year-old Sharafu Pilassery, who was happy to finally be returning home. The story of the last Facebook message posted by Pilassery, who died in the August 7 Air India Express flight crash, has gone viral. The resident of Kerala’s Kunnamangalam was returning from Dubai with his wife and child in the fateful flight that skid off the Karipur Airport runway and split into two, killing 18 on board. Hours before the Air India flight crashed, Pilassery had shared a picture of himself and his family in PPE kits and face shields and captioned it “Back to home”. Alas, his wish remained unfulfilled.

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  • August 08, 2020 / 06:02 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | CISF personnel acted as the 1st responder & played a vital role in rescue operations

  • August 08, 2020 / 05:51 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh met late Captain DV Sathe's family members

  • August 08, 2020 / 05:47 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Survivors of deadly India crash say plane swayed violently

    The plane swayed violently as it approached a hilltop runway soaked by monsoon rain, and moments later the special return flight for Indians stranded abroad by the pandemic skidded off, nosedived and cracked in two, leaving 18 dead and more than 120 injured. Among the injured on Friday night, at least 15 were in critical condition, said Abdul Karim, a senior police officer in southern Kerala state. The dead included both pilots of the Air India Express flight, the airline said in a statement, adding that the four cabin crew were safe. 

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  • August 08, 2020 / 05:32 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Air India Express flight crash wasn't accident, it was murder, says air safety expert

    Air safety expert Captain Mohan Ranganathan, who is a member of the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Safety Advisory Committee, has said the Kozhikode Air India Express flight crash was not an accident, it was a murder. Stating that he had submitted a report warning that the Karipur Airport is not safe for landings nine years ago, the air safety expert has claimed that the warnings were ignored. Adding that the mishap could have been avoided, he said: “The warnings were ignored... in my opinion, it is not an accident but a murder. Their own audits have had flagged safety issues.”

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  • August 08, 2020 / 05:00 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Survivors of Kozhikode air crash yet to recover from shock

    Several injured passengers of the ill-fated Air India Express flight from Dubai which overshot the runway and crashed at the airport here are yet to get over the horror moments that took them close to death. It was a black Friday for all the 184 passengers who after a long wait managed to get tickets in the repatriation flight from Dubai as part of the Centre's Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic.

    "We did not realise what really happened other than the flight was shaking," said Ramshad, who was injured as the aircraft dived into the valley and broke into two portions on Friday night after landing amid rains. Though he was injured, Ramshad's wife Sufaira and four- year old daughter Saidasherin escaped without any serious wounds. (PTI)

  • August 08, 2020 / 04:45 PM IST

    Air India Express Flight Crash LIVE Updates | Calicut airport technical issue was resolved, says AAI chairman

    The technical issues with the runway at the Calicut International Airport where the Air India Express flight crashed on August 7, had been resolved, Airport Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Arvind Singh said on August 8. News agency ANI quoted him as saying: “Directorate General of Civil Aviation had some issues with the runway in 2015, but after resolving those issues, clearance was given to it in 2019. The jumbo jets of Air India also used to land there.”

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