An injured passenger is brought for treatment to the Medical College Hospital in Kozhikode. AP
Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor grieves over Kozhikode plane crash that claimed the lives of at least 16 people.
Ambassador Kapoor said on Twitter, “Distressed to learn of this accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the passengers and their families.”
The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said, “India Consulate will be open tomorrow Saturday August 8 at 8am to assist all who want any assistance to travel to Kerala or any information related to air crash incident. We are with all the families of injured and deceased and will do our best to assist them @MEAIndia
The embassy also shared helpline number, “Air India Express Flight No IX 1344 from Dubai to Calicut skidded off the runway.
We pray for well being of passengers and crew and will keep you updated as and when we receive further updates.”
CGI Dubai's Helpline numbers - 056 546 3903, 0543090571, 0543090572, 0543090575
Air India Express helpline number - 00971 6 5970303 (Sharjah)
Air India Control Room (Kozhikode) - 0091 483 2710189
Helpline (Kozhikode) - 0091 495 2376901.
Malappuram Collectorate : 0091 483 2736320
Kozhikode Collectorate : 0091 495 2376901
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the flights are: UAE -10 flights, Qatar - 2, Saudi Arabia - 5, UK- 7, Singapore - 5, US -7, Philippines - 5, Bangladesh - 7, Bahrain - 2, Malaysia -7, Kuwait -5, and Oman- 2.
Kerala has made some 13,000 quarantine beds, 8,000 of them in the port city of Kochi, as Air India starts its biggest evacuation since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Even as India is making full-on preparations to tackle the scourge of the coronavirus, five new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported from Kerala.
The Sharjah Human Resources Directorate (SHRD) announced the work hours for the Holy month of Ramadan in government departments in the Emirate of Sharjah.
The helicopter made a forced touchdown right on an abandoned land close to the Kerala College of Fisheries and Ocean Research near Panagad.
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the civilian arm of its nuclear programme, did not immediately issue a formal statement about the incident on its website.