Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Could hear children crying, it was horrific: Air India plane crash survivor

Chennai: I could hear children crying when the plane crashed, it was a horrific situation," a survivor from the Air India Express plane crash told India Today TV. Recalling the first few minutes after the Air India aircraft crashed in Kozhikode, Kerala on August 7, Faisal Kodiyathoor said he got out of the aircraft on his own.

Faisal Kodiyathoor says he came out of the Air India aircraft and some locals escorted him to a vehicle. "That's all I remember," Faisal Kodiyathoor said.

Twenty people, including the pilot and co-pilot, were killed and several others injured when the flight from Dubai with 190 people on board overshot the tabletop runway at the Karipur airport and fell into a valley. It had broken into pieces in the impact.

Speaking with India Today TV, Faisal Kodiyathoor said when the Air India plane crashed at Kozhikode airport, he made his way out of it through the broken part of the aircraft. He said there was a lot of noise and he could hear children crying.

"When the plane broke into two, as you can see in the photo, I got out through the broken part. There were a lot of people. I don't know what happened. I got out of the aircraft on my own and the locals put me a vehicle after that. That's all I remember," Faisal Kodiyathoor said.

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"I could hear children cry," he said, adding, "It was a horrific situation".

Recalling the moments before the Air India plane crashed, Faisal Kodiyathoor said all the passengers on board the aircraft thought it was over for them. Faisal Kodiyathoor said he thought the plane would catch fire.
25/08/20 Shalini Lobo/India Today
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