Kozhikode plane crash: 30-member police squad to probe into accident

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115 people are in various hospitals under treatment.

Injured brought to Kozhikode medical college. File photo|KK Santhosh

Karipur: A special team has been formed under police to probe into the incident of the recent plane crash at Karipur International Airport. An Air India Express flight from Dubai had skidded-off the runway after landing at Kozhikode airport and plunged deep into a valley, where it broke into two pieces killing 18 people.

30-member squad has been formed under Malappuram Additional SP G Sabu. Malappuram DySP Haridasan would lead the probe. The squad also includes Perinthalmanna ASP Hemalatha, Inspectors Shibu, KM Biju, Suneesh P Thankachan and cyber cell members.

The incident happened on Friday around 7.40 pm. The aircraft had 191 people on-board, including six crew members. IX-1344 Air India Express Vande Bharat flight skidded while landing at Karipur Airport, claiming 18 lives including the pilot, Captain DV Sathe, and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar.

115 people are in various hospitals under treatment. 14 of them are in critical condition. 57 have returned home with minor injuries.

One of the deceased and one among the injured have been confirmed of Covid-19.

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