While the death toll raised to eighteen including the two pilots, Kozhikode-Air India plane crash has sent tremors amidst the pandemic. The flight from Dubai overshot the runway and crashed into the valley in northern Kerala’s Calicut on Friday with around 191 people on board.
After landing on Runway 10, the plane continued to skid towards the end of the runway and eventually fell down in the valley, splitting into two parts. While 127 people are at hospitals, the officials involved in the rescue operations revealed that 16 of them are in critical condition.
Amidst which, the real reasons behind the accident are making rounds on social media which exposed the threat of many high-risk airports across India. According to Captain Mohan Ranganathan, a member of a safety advisory committee, the Kozhikode airport was labelled as unsafe and dangerous for landing 9 years ago.
The committee which was constituted by the ministry of civil aviation also expressed concerns over many such tabletop runways which doesn’t have adequate buffer zone at the end of the runway. This problem was observed in many Indian airports especially in the states which were the worst hit during the monsoons.
Ranganathan also made sensational comments that the DGCA teams were aware of the airport situation who snubbed the high risk with nominal inspections. He also said that the accident would not have happened if DGCA or the airline lay down strict operational restrictions.