Air India Express crash highlights: Kozhikode airport operator addressed issues red-flagged by DGCA, says aviation minister

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Updated: August 8, 2020 11:28:43 pm

Air India flight crash News Updates: Air India Express has established a passenger information and a toll-free number has been made available for family or friends of those who may have been on board flight IX-1344. The toll free number is 1800-2222-70.

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Air India Express flight crash lands at Kozhikode Airport: At least 18 people including two pilots lost their lives in plane crash at Kozhikode International Airport in Kerala. In a statement issued late Friday night, Air India Express said its flight IX-1344 from DXB CCJ was involved in an accident on August 7 at Calicut. The airline further said that emergency response team members as well as special assistance team members (Angels of Air India) had been pressed into service from Cochin, Mumbai and Delhi to render all possible assistance to the passengers as well as to the family members. Air India Express has established a passenger information and a toll-free number has been made available for family or friends of those who may have been on board flight IX-1344. The toll free number is 1800-2222-70.

The Air India Express plane had skidded off runway during landing at Karipur Airport, Kozhikode. The DGCA said the Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport and broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2,000 meter at the time of landing. Karipur is a tabletop airport which requires exact precision at the time of landing. The accident happened about 7.38 pm.

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    21:57 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on findings so far

    I will encourage all to exercise patience & refrain from making speculative observations bordering on the irresponsible. Again to emphasize, all the issues were addressed & rectified: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter

    21:54 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on findings so far

    I would like to remind my colleagues that the aircraft involved in the incident at Kozhikode was a B-737-800 which is NOT a wide body aircraft. As far as wide body aircraft are concerned, DGCA had carried out a thorough assessment & prescribed comprehensive mitigation measures: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter

    21:53 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on findings so far

    I would advise all those who are looking for a few columns of media space that we should wait for the outcome of the statutory enquiry and then visit the issue with facts. Instant Civil Aviation Safety expertise by self- styled experts should better be avoided: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter

    21:52 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on findings so far

    AAI strengthened the runway & thereafter necessary permissions were issued in 2018 to operate wide body aircraft. Consequently, certain carriers started operating some flights with wide body aircraft to Kozhikode Airport: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Twitter

    21:50 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Findings of enquiry will be made public, says Aviation Minister

    In case of Kozhikode accident, enquiry ordered under Aircraft Act. Black Box recovered. Findings will be made public: Aviation Minister (PTI)

    21:48 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Raising concerns like rubber deposits, cracks is DGCA's normal work, says aviation Minister

    Raising concerns like rubber deposits, cracks is DGCA's normal work. It strictly ensures these are rectified: Aviation Minister (PTI)

    21:46 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Airport operator addressed issues red flagged by DGCA, says aviation minister

    Kozhikode airport operator addressed issues like rubber deposits, water stagnation, cracks routinely red flagged by DGCA: Aviation minister (PTI)

    21:35 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Mizoram's Lengpui airport safe for landing, says official

    Among five airports in the country having tabletop runways, Mizoram's Lengpui airport is safe for landing of passengers flights upto Airbus 320 and cargo flights, an official said on Saturday. J. Lalhmingliana, Principal Consultant in the Civil Aviation wing of the General Administration department, told PTI that the runway having 2,500 metres length and whose breadth is 45 metre wide, has enough space and is strong enough for safe landing. Lengpui airport, the lone one in Mizoram, is located about 32 km northwest of capital Aizawl. (PTI) 

    21:26 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Journey home turns out to be final one Mukham resident

    It was a journey, Sahira Banu undertook from Dubai to fulfill her long-cherished dream of a job. However, that would always remain a wish unfulfilled as she never made it to her home town at nearby Mukham. Sahira, an Ayurvedic Pharmacist, had gone to Dubai along with her three children 10 months ago to join her husband, Nijas. But as she got a job offer from the nearby Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala, the young woman decided to return to Kerala, according to Jameela, a close relative. While Sahira's two children-- eight-year-old son and four-year-old daughter, who were injured, have been discharged from two hospitals, her one-year-old son died along with his mother, Jameela told PTI. Relatives of Sahira are yet to recover from the shock of the tragedy. (PTI)

    21:07 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: DGCA should not allow landings at Kozhikode during monsoons, says aviation safety expert

    A day after the crash of an Air India Express plane, aviation safety expert Captain Ranganathan, who had earlier flagged concerns about Kozhikode airport runway, on Saturday said regulator DGCA should not allow landing of flights during monsoons on runway 10 at the aerodrome. 'Death due to an accident is something which happens when you don't know but when you knew the danger existed and you were warned about it and you took no action and an accident takes place, then it is definitely murder,' Ranganathan told PTI. In 2011, he had warned that flights landing on runway 10 in tailwind conditions in rain at the Kozhikode airport endanger the lives of people onboard those flights. (PTI) 

    20:22 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Village in mourning as prospective bridegroom dies in plane crash

    It is a wedding that will never happen as the Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode snuffed out the life of the prospective young bridegroom. Muhammed Riyas, 24, had taken the flight on Friday evening along with his brother after his parents fixed the marriage. His friends and local people at his native Mollur village are in a state of shock after news emerged that Riyas, who was working with his brother Nizamuddin in Dubai, had died in the accident. A villager said Riyas' family had fixed his engagement later this month after he completed the mandatory COVID-19 quarantine period. "Unfortunately, we lost him in the tragedy. We are in a state of shock," one of his friends told reporters. (PTI)

    19:49 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Officials of AAIB, DGCA and flight safety department on the accident site

    Officials of the AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau), DGCA and the flight safety department of the airline have reached the accident site to investigate the accident, said the airline on Saturday morning. (PTI)

    19:29 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: CISF personnel quarantined after passengers test positive for COVID-19

    The CISF has directed its personnel to go into preventive quarantine after at least two passengers of the Air India Express flight that crashed in Kozhikode tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday. The Central Industrial Security Force said it was the "first responder" to rescue passengers as its Assistant Sub-Inspector Ajit Singh was on runway patrol when the flight from Dubai with 190 people on board overshot the table-top runway, fell into a 35-foot valley and broke into two on Friday. "We are identifying our personnel, who rescued the passengers who have tested positive for the coronavirus," CISF Special Director General (Airports) M A Ganapathy told PTI. (PTI) 

    19:05 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: DGCA had issued notice to Kozhikode airport in July 2019 over critical safety lapses

    Aviation regulator DGCA had issued a show-cause notice to the director of the Kozhikode airport on July 11 last year after it found "various critical safety lapses" in different places, including the runway and the apron, officials said on Saturday. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation pointed to cracks on the runway, water stagnation and excessive rubber deposits among other lapses in its show-cause notice. The DGCA conducted the inspection after an Air India Express flight coming from Dammam in Saudi Arabia had a "tail strike" while landing at the Calicut (Kozhikode) airport on July 2 last year, an official said. (PTI)

    18:48 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Russian President Vladimir Putin sends his condolences

    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: India in Russia (ANI)

    18:44 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Indian expat thanks God for missing flight at last moment

    One may call it good luck, but for two Indian expats it was God who prevented them at the last minute from boarding the Air India Express plane that crashed in Kerala, killing at least 18 people on board. Noufal Moin Vetten, an Ajman resident working as an office boy in a Sharjah school, was booked to travel on the flight and had checked in as per schedule. Recounting his miraculous escape, Vetten, a resident of Malappuram, Thirunavaya, whose visa was cancelled a week ago, told Gulf News: 'I was handed my boarding pass, but when I reached immigration, they told me I had to pay a fine of Dh 1,000 (Rs 20,430) for overstay. I had only Dh 500 (Rs 10,215) with me. 'I called my school PRO and he told me to come back. He said they would follow protocols and pay the fines before sending me,' he said. Vetten was disappointed and called his family to let them know. "When I heard about the crash, I was saddened for all the passengers. But I'm so relieved I missed it. God has been really merciful," said Vetten. (PTI)

    18:42 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Capt Sathe's kin concerned about table-top airports, says Maharashtra Home Minister

    The family of Captain Deepak V Sathe, pilot of the ill-fated Air India Express flight which crashed, expressed concerns about `table-top airports' in the country, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said here. Deshmukh met his relatives here on Saturday to pay his condolences. "The family expressed concerns about table-top airports in the country while speaking to me. They said the Civil Aviation Ministry should ensure that such incidents do not happen again," he told reporters. (PTI) 

    18:39 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Aviation safety expert flagged concerns about Kozhikode airport runway in 2011

    Flights landing on runway 10 in tailwind conditions in rain at the Kozhikode airport endanger the lives of people onboard those flights, a civil aviation safety expert had warned in 2011. Captain Mohan Ranganathan had flagged concerns about the runway in a communication to then Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi in June 2011. Ranganathan was then a member of the operations group of the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Committee (CASAC). (PTI) 

    18:37 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Civil Aviation Minister to hold consultations with senior civil aviation officials & professionals over the accident

    Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said he would hold consultations "with senior civil aviation officials & professionals", adding reasons for the mishap, in which the two pilots were among those dead, were being investigated. (PTI)

    18:08 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: CPI MP says any enquiry into crash should take into account maintenance issues

    CPI MP Binoy Viswam says any enquiry into Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode airport should take into account maintenance issues caused by pay cuts and certain other policy changes introduced by the national carrier (PTI)

    18:00 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Captain Sathe was one of the most experienced commanders, says Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

    Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri took stock of the crash of the Dubai-Kozhikode AIE flight here and the relief measures, the Minister said pilot in-command of the plane, Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, among those killed in the accident, was one of the most experienced commanders with more than 10,000 flying hours. (PTI)

    17:39 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Captain Sathe planned to visit mother on her birthday on Friday, says family

    Captain Deepak Sathe, pilot of the ill-fated Air India Express flight who died along with 17 others after the plane crashed at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport, had planned to pay a surprise visit to Nagpur on his octogenarian mother’s birthday on Saturday, his relative said. However, even before his mother could celebrate her 84th birthday, Capt Sathe, 58, died in the air crash. |READ MORE

    17:35 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Civil Aviation Minister announces interim relief for victims of AIE flight crash

    Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh for each of those who died in the Air India Express crash at the Karipur airport here. He also assured the kin of victims that steps would be taken to get them compensation in line with an international convention of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). (PTI) 

    17:03 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Nine of 18 plane crash victims hail from Kozhikode

    The passengers killed in the Air India Express crash here have been identified and as many as nine of the 18 victims were from this city, authorities said on Saturday. Malappuram District Collector K Gopalakrishnan, who released details, said the victims include four children and nine people were from Kozhikode. Rajeevan Cherakkaparambil (61), Manal Ahamed (25), Sharafudheen (35) Janaki Kunnoth (55) Assan Muhammed Chembai (1), Ramya Muraleedharan (32), Shivathmika (5) Shenobia (40) and Shahira Banu (29) hailed from Kozhikode. Muhammed Riyas V P (24) and Ayisha Duva (2) were from Palakkad. Shaheer Syed (38), Lailaabi K V (51), Shantha Marakkat (59), Sudheer Variyath (45) and Shessa Fathima (2) hailed from Malappuram. Pilot Capt Deepak Sathey and co Pilot Akhilesh Kumar were the other two victims. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that out of the 18 who died, 14 were adults and four children. "Out of the 14 adults, seven are male and others female. Currently, 149 people are in various hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode, out of which 23 are in critical condition." (PTI)

    16:34 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    4 year old Air India Express’ travel blog put Kozhikode on list of country’s most scenic airports!

    After the crash of an Air India Express flight at the Kozhikode airport on Friday, the spotlight has turned on various aspects of the Kozhikode airport including its infrastructural and safety standards. Incidentally, a 4-year old travel blog posted by Air India Express titled “India’s Most Beautiful Airports and Runways” has also come to light. The blog mentioned the Kozhikode airport as one of the country’s most scenic and beautiful airports, according to a report by news agency PTI. READ MORE

    16:13 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Terrible tragedy: Bachchan, Shah Rukh, Akshay and others on Air India Express plane crash

    Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn are among the film personalities who have expressed grief over the Air India Express aircraft crash that killed 18 people. On Friday, the Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 on board overshot the tabletop runway at Kozhikode airport while landing in heavy rains and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two, killing at least 18 people. READ MORE

    16:04 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode Plane crash: AIE’s Captain Deepak Sathe survived air crash in 1990s, but returned to flying

    Captain Deepak Sathe, pilot of the Air India Express flight who died along with 17 others after the plane crashed at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport, had survived an air crash in the early 1990s when he was in the Air Force and was hospitalised for six months, his cousin said. Sathe had suffered multiple injuries on his skull in that incident, but due to his strong will power and passion he cleared the test and started flying again, he said. Read More

     
    15:44 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: Deeply disheartened, says TN CM

    Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and leaders of various political parties in the state expressed their heartfelt condolences to the families which lost their members in the Kozhikode plane crash. Palaniswami said he was "deeply disheartened" over the news of the flight crash at Kozhikode in Kerala. He also wished the injured a speedy recovery. "I am deeply disheartened to hear the news of flight crash at Kozhikode. I pray to God to give enough strength to the families of victims and for the speedy recovery of the injured," Palaniswami said on Saturday. In a statement here, the chief minister said he was anguished over the news about the death of 18 persons, including the pilot, in the crash of Air India Express Calicut on Friday evening. (PTI)

    15:38 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode Plane Crash: "Three passengers on ventilators"

    There were 190 people on board the aircraft, out of them, 18 lost their lives. 149 people were also admitted to hospitals, of out which 23 have been discharged. A few patients are in critical condition, three of them are on ventilators. We visited the site of crash and two black boxes have been recovered. The precise cause of the mishap will be determined when we analyse data in those black boxes: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Kozhikode Plane Crash (ANI)

    15:29 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Air India Express says families of deceased pilots escorted to Kozhikode

    Families of the deceased pilots of the Air India Express plane that crashed have been escorted to Kozhikode, the airline said on Saturday. It said the number of fatalities in the plane crash at the Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday evening stands at 18. The family of deceased pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe has been duly escorted from Mumbai to Kozhikode, Kerala, it said in a statement. READ MORE

    15:18 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: "Compensation of Rs 10 lakhs to the next of kin of each passenger who died"

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs to the next of kin of each passenger who died in the Air India Express crash that took place at the Karipur International Airport yesterday. All the accident victims will be tested for COVID including those who died in the crash. So far, only one victim has tested positive for Coronavirus. Apart from the solatium for the victims, the State Government would bear the treatment expenses of all those injured in this unfortunate plane crash irrespective of the hospitals they are in: Kerala Chief Minister's Office (ANI)

    15:14 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode plane crash: DGCA reprimanded Airport Director for cracks, water stagnation on runway last year

    Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had issued a show cause notice to the Director of the Kozhikode airport in July last year expressing its concern over critical safety lapses at the airport including the runway and the apron, according to a report from news agency PTI. READ MORE

    15:13 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Tabletop runway: What is it and why these airports are risky- Explained

    The recent crash of Air India Express Plane with 191 people at the Kozhikode airport has pointed out how risky tabletop runways can be. Many flight crashes have taken place due to a tabletop runway as landing can be extremely tricky and challenging for pilots. It is to note that a tabletop runway is usually made over hills after levelling the surface. Read More

    15:01 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kerala govt announces Rs 10 lakh compensation to kin of AIE flight crash victims

    The Kerala government on Saturday announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the families of those who died when an ill-fatedAir India Express flight veered off the runway while attempting to land at the Karipur international airport here. Read More

    14:38 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Civil Aviation Minister announces interim relief for victims of AIE flight crash

    Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh for each of those who died in the Air India Express crash at the Karipur airport here. Addressing the media after visiting the accident site along with his ministerial colleague V Muraleedharan and MPs P K Kunhalikutty and M K Raghavan, the Minister also announced Rs 2 lakh each for those who have suffered serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those who suffered minor injuries. This is over and above all the other compensations, which might be forthcoming from different agencies, insurance of the aircraft etc, he said. (PTI)

    14:37 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Leaders of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives offer condolences to families of Kerala plane crash victims

    The leaders of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the Maldives have expressed sadness over the tragic crash of the Air India Express flight in Kerala that killed at least 18 people and offered condolences to the bereaved families. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic plane crash at Kozhikode. "On behalf of the Gov & People of Sri Lanka, I express my deepest condolences to bereaved families & wish the injured a speedy recovery. Our prayers are with the people of India at this hour of grief," he tweeted on Saturday. "Saddened to learn of the Air India plane crash in Kerala state leading to loss of innocent lives. May Allah give strength to the bereaved families in their difficult hour," Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted. The Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid also conveyed their condolences. "Extremely saddened to hear of the Air India Express plane crash in Kerala on Friday evening. I offer my condolences to the families of those affected by this tragedy, and prayers for the ongoing recovery effort," Solih tweeted on Saturday. "Deeply saddened by the news of the tragic accident of Air India Express Aircraft at Kozhikode, Kerala... May the injured recover quickly. Our deepest condolences to the bereaved families," Shahid tweeted. PTI

    14:16 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode flight crash: Four cabin crew members safe, says airlines

    Four cabin crew members of the Air India Express flight that crash landed at the Karipur airport here are safe, the national transporter said on Saturday. “The four cabin crew members are confirmed safe,” Air India Express said in a bulletin. READ MORE

    14:15 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode Plane Crash: "DGCA had some issues with the runway in 2015"

    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: Arvind Singh, Airport Authority of India Chairman on Kozhikode Plane Crash

    14:14 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode crash: "Landing was tried on another runway where the mishap happened"

    The aircraft could not land at a runway where it had to, then landing was tried on another runway where the mishap happened. We are monitoring situation & airport will become operational soon. An alternative facility in Nagpur is also under progress: Arvind Singh, AAI Chairman (ANI)

    13:59 (IST)08 Aug 2020
    Kozhikode crash: Air India Express plane touched down near taxiway, 1,000 metres from beginning of runway

    The Air India Express plane, carrying 190 people from Dubai, on Friday touched down near a taxiway that is around 1,000 metres from the beginning of the runway at the Kozhikode airport before breaking up into two pieces, according to AAI. The pilot of the ill-fated flight — IX-1344 — could not sight the runway in the first landing attempt due to heavy rains. READ MORE

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