Air India Express crash: Black box recovered from the crash site

New Delhi (NVI): The Civil Aviation Ministry’s investigation agency, Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), has recovered the black box, which includes the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and a Cockpit Voice Recorder of Air India plane that crashed in Kozhikode, Kerala, last night.

The recovered components that make up the black box of the aircraft, will help investigators figure out what prevented the Boeing Co. 737 from making a landing on Friday. The equipment will be brought to Delhi for further investigation.

Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, took to twitter and said, “Reached Kozhikode to take stock of the status & implementation of relief measures after the air accident last evening. Will hold consultations with senior civil aviation officials & professionals.”

He further tweeted, “Digital Flight Data Recorder & Cockpit Voice Recorder of the ill-fated aircraft have been retrieved. AAIB is conducting investigations.”

In addition to this, Puri has announced interim relief of Rs 10 lakh for kin of deceased, Rs 2 lakh for people who are seriously injured and Rs 50,000 for persons with minor injuries.

Furthermore, at least 18 people, including the pilot and the co-pilot, have been killed as the Air India Express flight overshot the runway at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport amid heavy rains last night.

The aircraft, with 190 onboard, overshot the tabletop runway and fell into a valley 35-feet below and broke into two portions, DGCA said in a statement.

Of the 190 people who were onboard the aircraft, 149 people are being treated at various hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode, of which 22 are in a critical condition. However, the four-cabin crew members are safe, as per the state officials.

In another development, among those who died in the crash, two have tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, the rescue teams will also have to undergo tests.

Minister of State, V Muraleedharan have also reached Kozhikode at the crash site. He is likely to meet those injured in the crash and their family members.

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