Karipur plane crash survivors, kins of victims join hands to help locals


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Kozhikode: As Kerala marks the second anniversary of the tragic Karippur plane crash, the people who travelled in the ill-fated flight and the families of the victims have joined hands to do something great. The passengers who had a narrow escape have come together with monetary support to construct a building for the health centre in the locality. The expats will pool funds to make around Rs 50 lakh to set up a building for Primary Health Centre in Chirayil near the Karipur airport.

Sajjad Hussain, the legal convenor of the Aircrash Action Council formed by the Malabar Development Forum, told Mathrubhumi.com that the agreement regarding this would be handed over at a function near the accident spot on August 7. Minister V Abdurahman and TV Ibrahim MLA will attend the function.

The association consists of the relatives of those who died in the plane crash and other passengers on that flight. The rescue mission that took place following the crash had earned appreciation from many. Even though the crash took place when Covid fear was at its peak, the people in the locality did not think twice before running to save the passengers following the crash. They ensured that even the last person on that plane was rescued and treated properly.

The legal convenor of the association said that the decision came following discussions to do something for the locals who extended a helping hand in the rescue mission. Many suggestions like the Anganwadi building and library came up. It was then that the proposal for a Primary Health Centre in Chirayil was made. The people in the locality depend on this health centre for primary medical care. Thus it was decided to build a new building for the health centre.

OP counter, pharmacy, and observation area will be included in the building. The families will set aside a part of the compensation amount received after the accident for this purpose.

It was on August 7, 2022, that the Air India Express 1344 flight that arrived from Dubai as a part of the Vande Bharat mission crashed at Karippur airport. The flight was carrying a total of 190 people, including 184 passengers and six flight staff. Two pilots and 19 passengers onboard were killed in the crash.

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