The Indian Consulate in Dubai will stay open on Saturday to assist those that want help to journey to Kerala and supply details about the crash of the Air India Express flight that skidded off a hilltop runway and break up in two whereas touchdown in heavy rain at an airport in Kozhikode, killing at the very least 17 folks.
According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Boeing 737 plane on a flight from Dubai to Kozhikode overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport at 7.41 PM on Friday. There had been 184 passengers together with 10 infants, 2 pilots and four cabin crew on board the plane, the ministry added.
Captain Deepak Sathe, the pilot-in-command, and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar had been amongst those that died, police and airline officers stated on Friday. Sathe was a former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and had served on the pressure”s flight testing institution.
“We are with all the families of injured and deceased and will do our best to assist them,” the consulate tweeted on Friday night.
It stated the consulate will stay open on Saturday to share any info associated to the crash.
India’s newly appointed Consul General to Dubai Dr Aman Puri stated that there have been every kind of Indians on-board the IX 1344 flight, which took off from Dubai and fell right into a valley 35 ft beneath earlier than broking into two parts.
“Some were visa cancellation and expiry cases, some were travelling to meet their family members, some having lost their jobs, and some were travelling on medical emergencies,” Mr Puri informed the native media.
The Indian consulates in Dubai and Sharjah have activated 5 helpline numbers to offer info to the relations of the useless and the injured passengers.
“We pray for the wellbeing of passengers and crew and will keep you updated as and when we receive further updates. Our helplines +97156 5463903, +971543090572, +971543090571, +971543090575,” Mr Puri stated on Friday.
The helpline quantity to name in Sharjah for updates is +97165970303, the Gulf News reported.
Air India Express has additionally established a helpline quantity in Sharjah at +971 6 5970303.
The Air India Express is a completely owned subsidiary of Air India and it has solely B737 plane in its fleet.
TV footage from the accident web site confirmed the plane break up into two items and the particles lay scattered on the bottom.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had been amongst a number of leaders who expressed shock on the accident.
PM Modi additionally spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
“Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest,” the prime minister tweeted.
The incident introduced again recollections of the crash of Air India Express flight IX 812 on May 22, 2010 at Mangaluru International Airport.
The flight from Dubai had overshot the runway and plunged down the cliff right into a wooded valley, killing 158 folks.
Helplines: Air India Express – 1800 2222 71, Airport Control Room – 0483 2719493, Malappuram Collectorate – 0483 2736320, Kozhikode Collectorate – 0495 2376901