Experts say that it was the skill of Pilot Sathe that the plane did not go up in flame after the crash in Kerala. This saved many lives.
Kozhikode| The death toll in the plane crash in Kerala on Friday evening has gone up to 18. Two Pilots including Deepak Sathe, former Wing Commander of IAF have also lost their lives in the accident . The aircraft’s black box has been found. An Air India aircraft from Delhi has reached Kozhikode with the investigation teams, while a special flight of Air India Express has been sent from Mumbai to help the victims and their families.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister P. Vijayan are also going there. Meanwhile, the United States has expressed grief over the incident.
Yesterday, this flight IX-1344 of Air India Express under the Vande Bharat Mission reached Kozhikode from Dubai. The plane skidded off runway and fell into 50 feet deep valley breaking into two pieces. As per reports, there were heavy rains at the time of plane’s landing. This caused the skidding of plane from runway. As per survivors the Pilot warned them before landing. He even tried to land the plane with safety twice but was unsuccessful. However, experts say that it was the skill of Pilot Sathe that the plane did not go up in flame after the crash. This saved many lives.
The crash landing killed 18 people, including 2 pilots. 127 are undergoing treatment while the condition of 15 is critical. The aircraft had a total of 190 people, 128 men, 46 women, 10 children and 6 crew members.
The Indian Embassy in Dubai will be open on Saturday to help the families and the injured.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said – “127 people are being treated in the hospital. The rest have left after treatment. I am also going to Karripur. Had the plane caught fire, our work would have become more difficult.”
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister P. Vijayan will also go to Karripur. Teams from Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Flight Safety Department (FSD) have reached the spot to investigate the accident.