Kerala Police initiate probe into Air India Express plane crash; will examine if any criminal offence led to mishap

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The probe team will be headed by DSP P C Haridas and it will look into all aspects that led to the mishap

Kerala Police initiate probe into Air India Express plane crash; to examine if any criminal offence led to mishap

Even as the central agencies are probing the Air India Express crash at Karippur airport in Kozhikode on Friday, the state police are also investigating the plane accident which killed 18 persons and injured 149 passengers.

The Malappuram police constituted a 30-member investigation team to look into the causes of the plane crash, said a news report.

The probe team will be headed by deputy superintendent of police P C Haridas and it will inspect all matters that led to the mishap.

The ill-fated Air India Express flight from Dubai to Karippur in Kozhikode skidded off the table-top runway and fell into 35-foot gorge killing 18 passengers including the pilot as well as the co-pilot.  

A major tragedy was averted as the plane did not catch fire while falling into the gorge.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that two separate teams reached Kozhikode from New Delhi to carry out investigations into the crash. 

An official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered from the crash site on Saturday.

The Karippur police near the airport registered an offence under the IPC Sections 337, 338 and 304 A and Section 11 of the Aircraft Act 1934 based on the statement of a police officer, who was present at the airport when the mishap occurred, reported The New Indian Express.

"We are investigating whether any criminal offence under those sections has led to the accident. If any criminal offense is involved, we will further investigate whether it was a deliberate attempt from someone. The Civil Aviation Ministry's investigation team will only look into the technical issues that led to the incident. We will access their report as we are responsible to find out the criminal offenses from various people and quarters related to the incident," Malappuram police chief U Abdul Kareem was quoted as saying in the report.

Meanwhile, the bodies of pilot DV Sathe and his deputy Akhilesh Kumar reached their native places of Mumbai and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon.

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