The Air India Express aircraft split into two after the mishap at Kozhikode airport on Friday.
Malappuram District Collector K Gopalakrishnan on Sunday said the condition of at least 14 passengers of the ill-fated Air India Express flight remains critical, PTI reported. “Till now, 49 people have been discharged from various hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode. The condition of 14 people remains critical,” said Gopalakrishnan. The remaining 109 people are under treatment at different hospitals.
Eighteen people, including the pilot and co-pilot of the AIE flight from Dubai lost their lives, when it overshot the tabletop runway at the airport while landing in heavy rains and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two portions on Friday night. Preliminary probe into the Air India Express plane crash in Kozhikode indicate poor weather conditions and a possible late touchdown as possible factors that led to the mishap. Early inputs from the airport and air traffic control officials indicate the aircraft touched down way beyond where it should have on the runway.
Mortal remains of Akhilesh Kumar Sharma, the co-pilot of the Air India Express plane, was cremated earlier on Sunday. The mortal remains of Captain Deepak Sathe, who was pilot-in-command of the ill-fated Air India Express plane that crashed in Kerala, were brought to Mumbai in a flight on Sunday afternoon. The funeral of Sathe (58), who was a resident of Mumbai’s Chandivali, will take place on August 11, a senior Air India official told PTI.
HELPLINE NUMBERS: 0495-2376901 (Helpline number for relatives of passengers); 0483-2719493 (Control room number at Kozhikode airport); 0097165970303 (Control room number at Sharjah airport in UAE); 009710565463903 (Control room number at Dubai airport); 009710543090572 (Control room number at Dubai airport)
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Preliminary images from the accident site show the aircraft split into two pieces, with debris all over the area, which is reportedly just below the runway. The incident happened when the flight — IX 1344 — was attempting to land at the airport at around 7.40 pm amid heavy rainfall and fell off the runway, to a slip road 34 feet below.
The incident brought back memories of the May 22, 2010 crash of Air India Express flight IX 812 at Mangaluru International Airport. In 2010, following landing errors by the pilots, the aircraft fell off the cliff at the end of the runway and burst into flames killing 158 of the 166 people on board.
Like Mangaluru, Kozhikode airport has a tabletop runway which was carved out of a hillock. Runways at these airports, which are located on hilltops, create the optical illusion of being at the same level as the plains below when a pilot comes in for landing.