Mumbai: The death toll in the Air India Express flight crash at the airport here, rose to 18 on Saturday with one more passenger succumbing to injuries, Malappuram District Collector K Gopalakrishnan said. Except one, all those who had perished in the accident have been identified, he said. The black boxes from the debris of the plane have recovered.
The black box - a Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) - stores crucial information about a plane's altitude, position and speed, as well as records of conversations between the pilots. It is a very vital air crash investigation. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri visited Kozhikode this afternoon and has ordered an investigation.
Eighteen people were killed and scores injured when the flight, which was part of the Vande Bharat Mission, from Dubai with 184 onboard overshot the tabletop runway on Friday, around 7 pm in the evening while landing in heavy rains and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two portions on Friday night. The pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were among those who lost their lives.
Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs (I/C); Civil Aviation (I/C); & MoS Commerce & Industry Hardeep Singh also reached Kozhikode to take stock of the status & implementation of relief measures after the air accident last evening. He will be holding consultations with senior civil aviation officials & professionals in this regard.