Kerala plane crash: Mortal remains of 16 passengers handed over to families

Updated: 10 August, 2020 11:13 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

The flight from Dubai with 190 people on board, including a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway while landing at Kozhikode airport in heavy rain

Security personnel stand guard near the mangled remains of an Air India Express flight in Kozhikode. Pic/PTI
Security personnel stand guard near the mangled remains of an Air India Express flight in Kozhikode. Pic/PTI

Air India Express said on Sunday that the mortal remains of the 16 passengers who lost their lives in the Kozhikode plane crash had been handed over to their families. The mortal remains of pilot-in-command Deepak Vasanth Sathe have already been taken to the Cochin International Airport, from where it would be taken to Mumbai later in the day, the airline said in a statement.

The mortal remains of co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were cremated on Sunday "with attendance from all family members as well as with the officials of Air India and Air India Express present to mark respect to the departed soul at Mathura, his hometown", it said.

The flight from Dubai with 190 people on board, including a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway on Friday night while landing at the Kozhikode airport in heavy rain, fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two, killing 18 people, including both pilots. "Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has initiated the investigation into the accident with the support of Flight Safety Officials," the airline said. "As regards the deceased passengers, the mortal remains have been handed over to the families with their consent," it said.

Flight tried to land once before crash

The Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode tried to land amid heavy rains and low visibility around 16 minutes before it landed and skidded off the table top runway causing a major accident. As per flight data tracker, the aircraft manoeuvred a descent to the runway and reached as low as 1,975 feet, 16 minutes before
it skidded.

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First Published: 10 August, 2020 08:35 IST

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