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Air India crash | Condition of 14 passengers critical

The Boeing 737 flight of Air India Express after it plummeted from the 35-ft-high tabletop runway at Karipur airport.

The Boeing 737 flight of Air India Express after it plummeted from the 35-ft-high tabletop runway at Karipur airport.   | Photo Credit: Sakeer Hussain

The condition of 14 persons who were injured in Friday’s Air India Express B-737 flight crash at Karipur continued to be “extremely serious” on Sunday. They were being treated at hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

District Collector K. Gopalakrishnan said that 115 continued to be under treatment in different hospitals. They included the 14 critical cases. As many as 57 injured persons left the hospitals for home on Saturday and Sunday. MIMS Hospital at Kozhikode had 32 cases and Government Medical College Hospital at Kozhikode had nine cases. Meitra Hospital, Kozhikode, had 10 cases; Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, 22 cases; Iqra Hospital, Kozhikode, five cases; Government Beach Hospital, Kozhikode, seven cases; MES Medical College Hospital, Perinthalmanna, three cases; Moulana Hospital, Perinthalmanna, two cases; MIMS Hospital, Kottakkal, five cases; Al-Shifa Hospital, Perinthalmanna, 16 cases; Almas Hospital, Kottakkal, two cases; and Malabar Hospital and Manjeri Hospital, Manjeri, one cases each.

Eighteen persons, including the two pilots and four children, were killed when the from Dubai fell off the runway into a valley while landing at Karipur airport at 7.45 p.m. on Friday. One of the victims tested positive for COVID-19. There were 184 passengers and six crew members on the flight.

Police begin probe

Meanwhile, the police have begun an investigation into the accident. A special investigation team under the supervision of Additional Superintendent of Police Sabu G. was set up. Dy.SP Haridas P.C. will lead the 30-member investigation team. Assistant Superintendent of Police Hemalata, Inspectors K.M. Biju, Shibu, Sunish P. Thankachan, and cybercell experts are part of the team.

A case was registered at Karipur Police Station under IPC 337, 338, 304 A, and Section 11 of the Aircraft Act.

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