An Air India Express flight with more than 190 passengers and crew on board skipped off the runway on Friday evening at Kozhikode International Airport in Kerala air crash, also known as Karipur Airport.
At least 19 were killed in the flight mishap including the pilot and the co-pilot.
A flight skipped off the runway on Friday evening at Kerala’s Kozhikode (Calicut) International Airport, also known as Karipur Airport. The plane was a part of India’s “Vande Bharat” repatriation program by Air India Express aircraft to bring back foreign expatriates.
Nineteen, together with former Indian Air Force (IAF) check pilot Captain DV Sathe and his Co-pilot, died in air crash whilst the wounded are being handled in Calicut’s MIMS medical institution and Baby Memorial Hospital.
The relief process
At least a hundred and seventy of these onboard the flight were saved, together with passengers and cabin crew, stated DGCA Director-General (DG), Arun Kumar. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed the completion of the evacuation operation. CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) staff who were the first responders along with the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams managed to save a woman and a child alive during the final search for the wreckage of the aircraft.
While Kozhikode MLA MK Muneer said most of the passengers had been rescued, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) crew from Malappuram, Kerala, was immediately dispatched to Kozhikode. The group includes 50 NDRF personnel. Air India sources say a relief plane is on standby from Delhi to Mumbai and is waiting for the weather to clear up.
The Kerala government has provided a helpline (0565463903) for passenger families of IX-1344. The President of the Sharjah EP Indian Association Johnson additionally released a helpline number. Johnson said that whomsoever was in need could contact them via 050-3675770, 050-4828472, and 050-626654 numbers.
Following the aircraft crash in Kozhikode, Air India Express issued an assertion enlisting a toll-free helpline number for the relations of passengers who had been on board.
Preliminary reports suggest that after the aircraft overshot the runway at Karipur airport, the fuselage split into two; The aircraft was known as AXB1344, B737 Dubai (DXB) to Calicut (CCJ), an Air India Express Boeing 737 that flew into Calicut from Dubai.
A failed approach was initially carried out, followed by a second attempt at landing the aircraft as it overshot the runway. The actual pace of the aircraft was way more than the velocity of the landing.
The Air India Express plane overshot the runway on Friday about twenty minutes to eight at night at Kozhikode International Airport in Kerala. It was reported the aircraft was not on fire. In the hours leading up to and during the tragic accident, the airport in Kozhikode had received incessant rainfall.
Expert who investigated Mangalore air crash lists reasons for Kozhikode mishap
“It was raining heavily in Kerala. The accumulation of rainwater on the runway surface in the rainy season is the riskiest thing. There should be proper drainage on runaway and a maximum of around 3 mm water film is allowed. During braking, the wheel of aircraft gets locked while landing and later released. At that time, if there is a film, then the plane will skid off. In this case, the plane can go in right or left direction or it cannot stop,” Air Marshal (Retired) Bhushan Gokhale, who investigated the Mangalore plane crash said. “Rubber in the plane tires melts while landing and that’s why smoke comes out. In this case, if the water is on the runway, there will be a problem while landing,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and assessed the situation that took place on Friday. CM Vijayan informed PM Modi that there had arrived on the airport a crew of officials inclusive of Kozhikode and Malappuram District Collectors and IG Ashok Yadav and have been collaborating withinside the rescue operation. President Ram Nath Kovind also addressed Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on the incident and expressed condolences to the deceased’s bereaved families.
Investigation launched into the matter
An order was given to the Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) on Friday itself to launch an investigation into the accident. The order was issued an hour after an urgent Civil Aviation Ministry assembly was called and was held close to midnight at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in New Delhi. The DGCA Director-General, civil aviation ministry officials, Airport Authority of India (AAI), and Air India Express had been amongst the ones to attend the meeting.
Two separate investigation teams comprising AAI and AAIB experts will leave for Kozhikode in Kerala at 2 am and 5 am respectively.
Responses to the crash
Former Union minister KJ Alphons had shown the information of the aircraft skidding off the runway in a tweet Friday and how Air India Express skidded off the runway at Kozhikode with the front portion splitting, resulting in the pilot’s death and many passengers were injured.
Minister of State (MoS), V Muraleedharan stated that the mishap at Calicut airport regarding the flight from Dubai involving the flight from Dubai to Calicut is profoundly anguished to hear about and was told that the aircraft reached the runway and seemed to be anxious.
Ambassador Pavan Kapoor, an Indian ambassador to the UAE also said in a tweet that he was distressed to hear of this incident. His condolences and thoughts were with the passengers and their families.