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In pics | Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri visits plane crash site at Kozhikode Airport

Updated : 2020-08-08 13:33:52

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday that he had reached Kozhikode to take stock of the status and implementation of relief measures after the Air India Express accident a day ago. The union minister said he would hold consultations "with senior civil aviation officials & professionals".

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday visited plane crash site at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala.
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday visited plane crash site at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala.
Eighteen people were killed and scores injured when the AIE flight from Dubai with 190 on board overshot the table toprunway while landing in heavy rains and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two portions on Friday night.
Eighteen people were killed and scores injured when the AIE flight from Dubai with 190 on board overshot the table toprunway while landing in heavy rains and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two portions on Friday night.
The pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were among those who lost their lives.
The pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were among those who lost their lives.
The Air India Express Limited said in a statement,
The Air India Express Limited said in a statement, "Unfortunately, the pilots have passed away and we are in touch with their families in their grief.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the flight continued running to the end of the runway amid heavy rain and
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the flight continued running to the end of the runway amid heavy rain and "fell down in the valley and broke down in two pieces".
A spokesperson for the Air India Express said that help centres are being set up at Sharjah and Dubai for affected people.
A spokesperson for the Air India Express said that help centres are being set up at Sharjah and Dubai for affected people. "We regret that there has been an incident regarding our aircraft VT GHK, operating IX 1344," the spokesperson added.
The Air India Express statement, issued later, also said,
The Air India Express statement, issued later, also said, "There were 184 passengers and six crew onboard the flight, but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight".
The Union minister said he would hold consultations
The Union minister said he would hold consultations "with senior civil aviation officials & professionals".
"Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of the ill-fated aircraft have been retrieved. AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau) is conducting investigations," Puri tweeted.
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