Saturday, August 07, 2021

A Homecoming That Ended In Tragedy - One Year Since The Air India Express Crash In Kerala

It was a Vande Bharat Mission flight that was bringing Indians stranded in foreign countries due to the pandemic, back to their loved ones.

On August 7, 2020, the mission took a tragic turn after an Air India Express flight with 191 people onboard from Dubai to Kozhikode in Kerala.

But while landing at the Karipur Airport on a rainy day, the pilot lost sight of the runway and the flight skidded off.

Flight IX 1344 had landed at the airport at around 7.40 pm, but it fell off from a height of 30 feet and broke into two due to the impact.

A total of 21 people including both pilots were killed in the mishap, the deadliest air accident in Kerala's history.

The tragedy also saw the timely intervention of hundreds of locals who rushed to the search and rescue, ignoring the threat of COVID-19.

The helping hand of the locals is said to have played a major role in saving many more lives.

However, even after a year, there is no closure for the survivors and kin of the victims.

The investigation into what went wrong is yet to be concluded as Boeing has not shared their findings with the investigators.

The union government on Thursday informed Parliament that the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau's probe into the Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode airport is likely to be completed this month.

Compensation announced for the victims are also yet to reach them.

An Air India Express official said full and final compensation is based on "proof of loss basis."

07/08/21 Bobins Abraham/India Times

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