Air India Express crash: 600 rescuers go into quarantine amid fear of COVID-19 spread

Kerala, Aug 08 (ANI): Wreckage of Air India Express flight at Kozhikode International Airport in Karipur on Saturday. 18 people including two pilots lost their lives when the Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) crash landed at Kozhikode International Airport on Friday night. (ANI Photo)

After the news of two passengers testing positive for COVID-19 came out, around 600 local people, who had helped in the rescue operations, have been asked to go into quarantine as a precautionary measure, to avoid the spread of a COVID outbreak.

The reason behind minimal casualties during the grim Air India express crash incident was the timely support of the local people who joined in to lend a helping hand, braving the heavy rains and keeping aside COVID-19 fears.

According to the media reports and police sources, approximately 135 locals and 42 police personnel who had participated in the rescue have gone into quarantine. It is also reported that some of them had not been wearing masks or gloves and had come in close contact with the injured.

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The  Karipur airport area falls under the containment zone and despite knowing that, numerous locals had rushed to the accident spot on hearing about the mishap, which had claimed 18 lives and left over 100 injured.

The tragic Air India Express crash occurred on August 7, Friday, when the Air India Express plane from Dubai to Calicut skidded during landing at Karipur Airport, Kozhikode in Kerala, overshot the runway and split into two.

According to reports, at least 18 persons, including both the pilots, Captain Deepak Sathe and Co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar, died during the tragedy, while several passengers were seriously injured.

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