Four cabin crew members of the Air India Express flight that crash-landed at Karipur airport in Kerala’s Kozhikode are safe, the national transporter said on Saturday, PTI reported.
“The four cabin crew members are confirmed safe,” Air India Express said in a bulletin.
The Air India Express Employees Union said that the crew suffered some injuries and are under treatment at the Kozhikode hospital.
The Air India Express flight skidded off the runway while trying to land at Karipur airport amid heavy rains. It fell below 35 feet into a valley and broke into two pieces, the DGCA said in a statement.
18 people, including the pilot and the co-pilot, were killed in the crash, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a statement on Saturday. 127 people are at hospitals, while others have been released, he added.
The flight was carrying passengers under the Vande Bharat Mission, that was launched to bring back Indians stranded abroad amid the coronavirus induced travel restrictions.
Meanwhile, Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor Arif Mohammad Khan will visit the site on Saturday. Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will also visit the airport, he said.