Kozhikode plane crash: Condition of 14 passengers critical, SIT formed by Kerala police to probe air crash

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Kozhikode plane crash: Condition of 14 passengers critical, SIT formed by Kerala police to probe air crash
Kozhikode plane crash: Condition of 14 passengers critical, SIT formed by Kerala police to probe air crash

Malappuram (Ker), Aug 9 (PTI) The Kerala police on Sunday constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the Air India Express crash at nearby Karipur international airport on 18 passengers, including the pilot and co-pilot.

The 30-member team will be headed by Malappuram Additional Superintendent of Police G Sabu, a government release said.

Police said a case has been registered under various provisions of the Aircraft Act and Indian Penal Code sections 337, 338 and 304 A, based on the statement by one of the CISF personnel who was on Airport Periphery security duty near the site that day.

Section 337 of IPC deals with causing hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others Section 338 deals with causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others, while 304 A deals with causing death by negligence.

The condition of at least 14 passengers of the ill-fated Air India Express flight that crashed while attempting to land at the Karipur airport here, remains critical, Malappuram District Collector K Gopalakrishnan said.

Eighteen people, including the pilot and co-pilot of the AIE flight from Dubai lost their lives, when it overshot the tabletop runway at the airport here while landing in heavy rains and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two portions on Friday night.

'Till now, 49 people have been discharged from various hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode. The condition of 14 people remains critical,' Gopalakrishnan told PTI.

The remaining 109 people are under treatment at different hospitals.

Eighteen people, including the pilot and the co-pilot, lost their lives in the plane crash.

Air India Express on Sunday said the mortal remains of 16 passengers, who lost their lives in the plane crash, have been handed over to their families.

The bodies of the pilot and co-pilot of the AIE flight, were handed over to their families on Saturday.

The remains of co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were cremated on Sunday with attendance from all family members as well as officials of Air India and Air India Express at Mathura, his hometown, it said.

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