Kozhikode: The Air India Express flight that skid off runway and ended up in crash landed at Kozhikode airport when there was heavy rain. This avoided a huge disaster as the aircraft could have caught fire after it skidded off the runway and fell down and split into two. The local residents told the media that no noise was heard as there was heavy rain.
Hundreds of people rushed to the airport on knowing the incident and engaged in the rescue operations. Police, fire force and locals jointly started the mission in the initial phase. The volunteers were struggling to take the injured to hospitals due to the lack of ambulances. With this, the authorities requested the locals to bring the available vehicles to the airport.
Soon after this, 108 ambulances and other vehicles from Malappuram and Kozhikode districts started reaching the airport. The injured were taken to the hospitals by bringing ambulances through the main gate and the back side of the airport.
Kozhikode collector Sambasiva Rao reached the airport shortly to supervise the rescue mission. Home Minister Amit Shah directed the NDRF to reach the accident spot. As per reports, NDRF teams have set out to the accident spot.
Following the mishap, help centres were opened in Sharjah and Dubai, said the Air India sources. Kozhikode collector informed that relatives of passengers can contact at 0495 2376901. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has entrusted minister A C Moideen to coordinate the rescue operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the chief minister over phone and inquired about the situation.
Indian consulate general in Dubai also has revealed the helpline numbers. Indian consulate general informed that people can contact at the numbers 056 546 3903, 0543090572, 0543090572 and 0543090575 to know more details. The DGCA has announced a probe into the incident.
Helpline numbers - 0495 2376901 (Kozhikode) 0483 2719493
Indian consulate in Dubai - 056 546 3903, 0543090572, 0543090572, 0543090575