Hardeep Singh Puri visits plane crash site

Aug 8, 2020: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday reached Kozhikode Airport to take stock of the situation.

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Aug 8, 2020: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday reached Kozhikode Airport to take stock of the situation and implementation of relief measures being carried out at the site where an Air India Express flight crash-landed on Friday evening, killing 18 people. Taking to Twitter, Puri wrote, "Reached Kozhikode to take stock of the status and implementation of relief measures after the air accident last evening. Will hold consultations with senior civil aviation officials and professionals."

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has recovered the DFDR and CVR from the aircraft. These will be brought to Delhi for further investigation. Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, along with senior officials of the airline, arrived at the Kozhikode airport on Saturday to take stock of the situation, where an Air India Express flight crash-landed on Friday night killing 18 people.

He was also briefed by a team of experts on the spot. Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs V Muraleedharan also visited the crash site earlier Saturday. All assistance and support are being provided to those affected, officials said. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DG), senior officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry, Airports Authority of India, and Air Navigation Service members will meet in Delhi today over the crash-landing of the Air India Express flight.

At least 18 people including two pilots have lost their lives in the incident. However, the four-cabin crew members are safe, said the Air India Express in a statement. The injured are admitted to hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode, according to Kerala government officials. The flight was carrying 190 passengers including 10 infants when it skidded while landing at Karipur airport in Kozhikode on Friday evening.

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