An aircraft approaches to land over the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport on Sunday. AFP
The first flight to land in Calicut on Sunday was an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah, which landed at 3:42am local time. This was followed by two domestic flights from Chennai and Bangalore, which landed shortly after 7am.
One flight each from Dubai, Muscat and Jeddah are expected late at night on schedule. Flights bound for Jeddah and Sharjah left for their destinations during the day.
A few flights from other airports in the Gulf were cancelled but reasons for the cancellations are not known.
Meanwhile, the Director General of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, DGCA, Arun Kumar, told reporters that investigators have begun examining the black box of the ill-fated plane. Eighteen passengers, including the pilot and co-pilot of the plane were killed in the accident.
Kumar said transcripts from the black box would be shared with international investigators and with Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 aircraft, to determine the cause of the mishap.
The plane was coming in from Dubai and it overshot the runway as it landed. "Several passengers are injured," an Air India spokesman said.
The F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing, which was on a routine training mission, crashed off the coast of northeast England at around 0940 local time (0840 GMT).
The plane was returning from a surveillance and reconnaissance mission late Wednesday, when it crashed into the Artos mountains in the eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran, Suleyman Soylu told reporters.
UK search and rescue authorities are taking part in the search of the crash site. Lakenheath is a Royal Air Force base that hosts the US Air Force's 48th Fighter Wing, known as the Liberty Wing. The base is about 80 miles (130 kilometres) northeast of London.
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