At least 17 persons, including the pilot and co-pilot, have been killed as an Air India Express aircraft carrying 191 passengers (including crew), as part of the Vande Bharat repatriation operations, skidded off the tabletop runway and fell into a 30-feet valley, breaking into two pieces while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport on the evening of August 7, 2020.
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has expressed shock and concern over the Air India Express aircraft AXB1344 that crash landed. TAAI is connecting with the Chief Minister’s office in Kerala to offer help. Their members have volunteered to assist all Government / Airline officials and help the injured passengers and assist the families of the deceased, stated Jyoti Mayal, President.
TAAI has also urged DGCA and MoCA to appropriately probe the accident as the safety of human life is of utmost importance and should not be compromised at any level. Their members in Kerala and across the country shall be available to assist and can be connected for the assistance of any nature.
It is indeed a sad news, particularly that all the passengers were returning on the Vande Bharat mission flight back to their homeland from Dubai, due to the pandemic, to relocate and connect back with their families. With the whole country saddened by the news, TAAI office bearers, its committee and members across the country prayed that there were not many casualties and for the speedy recovery of the injured in this accident.They have also conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the families of the passengers and crew who lost their lives.