MUMBAI: Air India team to liaise with various agencies and provide support and assistance to families of passengers affected by the Air India Express crash left for Kozhikode from Mumbai on Saturday morning.
Called “Angels of Air India’’, this special assistance team had come together after the Mangalore air crash in May 2010 as well to offer assistance, including grief counselling to family members of the deceased.
On Friday evening, an Air India Express flight IX-1134 from Dubai to Kozhikode, carrying 184 passengers and six crew members skid off the tabletop runway when attempting to land in heavy rains and adverse wind conditions. The aircraft dropped off into a gorge, the fuselage split into two and the accident killed 17 people, including both the pilots and 15 passengers who were seated in the front rows of the aircraft.
Ten years ago, the Mangalore air crash had left 158 dead, while eight survived after the Air India Express Boeing 737 went off the table top runway during landing. The survivors and each family of the deceased was assigned one `Angel’ member to help them to deal with various aspects of the tragedy, said an Air India source. A flight from Mumbai with the special assistance team left at 6 am for Kozhikode, said an Air India spokesperson.
Meanwhile, two more Air India flights departed for Kozhikode in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
“An Air India Express flight took off around 2 am from Delhi to Kozhikode carrying investigating officers from Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, the chief executive officer of Air India Express and other officials of Air India and Air India Express,’’ said an airline official. The third flight took off from Delhi around 6 am carry the Air India chairman and managing director and other senior officials of Air India.

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