Civil Aviation Minister announces interim relief for victims of Air India Express flight crash

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh for each of those who died in the Air India Express crash at the Karipur airport.

Addressing the media after visiting the accident site along with his ministerial colleague V Muraleedharan and MPs PK Kunhalikutty and MK Raghavan, the Minister also announced Rs 2 lakh each for those who have suffered serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.

This is over and above all the other compensations, which might be forthcoming from different agencies, insurance of the aircraft etc, he said.

AAI says corrective action will be taken after receiving probe report

Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman Arvind Singh on Saturday said “corrective action” will be takenafter receiving the probe report on the Air India Express plane crash at Kozhikode airport on Friday.

The airport in Kerala, which has a tabletop runway, is operated by state-owned AAI.

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) is probing the accident at the Kozhikode airport that has left at least 18 people dead, including the two pilots of the plane.

“This report will tell us about all the issues… we are awaiting the inquiry report and then we will take corrective action,” he told news agency PTI.

On whether there were any safety issues had come to the notice of the AAI in recent times, Singh replied in the negative.

He noted that prior to Covid-19, there were around 70 departures as well as 70 arrivals at the Kozhikode airport on a daily basis.


All issues red-flagged by DGCA in past addressed by Kozhikode airport operator: Aviation minister

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday that all issues such as excessive rubber deposits, water stagnation and cracks that were red-flagged by aviation regulator DGCA in the past were “addressed and rectified” by the Kozhikode airport operator.

The minister’s statement came after various news reports stated that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had issued a showcause notice to the director of the Kozhikode airport on July 11 last year after it found “various critical safety lapses” in different places, including the runway and the apron.

“It is indeed a fact that several issues were routinely red-flagged by DGCA, and were addressed by the (Kozhikode) airport operator. These pertain to excessive rubber deposits, water stagnation, cracks and other routine issues,” Puri tweeted a day after the plane crash in Kozhikode that claimed at least 18 lives.

Air India crash: Tabletop runways under lens as toll from Kerala tragedy rises to 18, blackbox recovered

India mourned the deaths of 18 passengers of the ill-fated Air India Express (AIE) flight that skidded off the tabletop runway and broke into two on landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode Airport, also known as the Karipur International Airport, on Friday evening.

Pilot of the flight, Capt Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar Sharma are also among the 18 who died in the tragic flight mishap.

The AIE flight (IX-1344) from Dubai with 190 people on board including a 6-member crew overshot the table-top runway while landing at the Karipur Airport and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two portions.