Air India Express Calicut accident casualties up, 18 dead

Air India Express Calicut accident casualties up, 18 dead

Officials inspect the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport.

MUMBAI: The death toll of

Air India Express

Calicut crash increased on Saturday morning with a total of 18 deaths, including two pilots. Till late on Friday evening, the death toll was 17.

Air India Boeing 737, operating flight IX-1344 from Dubai to Calicut with 184 passengers and six crew members on board touched down at 7.40 pm in rain and adverse wind conditions on runway 10 of Calicut airport. The aircraft dropped into a gorge, the fuselage split into two.

Late on Friday evening, Air India said in a statement that 17 people, including both the pilots and 15 passengers who were seated in the front rows of the aircraft had lost their lives. “One more passenger passed away in the wee hours of Saturday, taking the death toll to 16 passengers, 2 pilots,” said an Air India source.

Kozhikode AI Express crash live updates

Air India team to liaise with various agencies and provide support and assistance to families of passengers affected by the Air India Express crash left for Kozhikode from Mumbai on Saturday morning.

Called “Angels of Air India”, this special assistance team had come together after the Mangalore air crash in May 2010 as well to offer assistance, including grief counselling to family members of the deceased.

The Mangalore air crash had left 158 dead, while eight survived after the Air India Express Boeing 737 went off the table top runway during landing. The survivors and each family of the deceased was assigned one ‘Angel’ member to help them to deal with various aspects of the tragedy, said an Air India source.

A flight from Mumbai with the special assistance team left at 6 am for Kozhikode, said an Air India spokesperson.

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