Kerala plane crash: Death toll reaches 18, 15 under treatment with severe injuries

Many people with minor injuries were discharged from the hospitals on Friday night itself, said minister KT Jaleel.

Published: 08th August 2020 11:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2020 06:37 PM   |  A+A-

The rescue operations at the Karipur airport were completed by Friday midnight. (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

KARIPPUR: Kerala Higher Education Minister KT Jaleel has confirmed 18 deaths in the Kozhikode airport plane accident. 

The dead bodies have been shifted to Kozhikode Government Medical College Hospital. "COVID tests will be conducted on dead bodies. Post mortem of the COVID 19 negative persons will then be conducted. Around 15 people are under treatment with severe injuries in various hospitals. Many people with minor injuries were discharged from the hospitals on Friday night itself," said Jaleel.

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The rescue operations in the accident were completed by Friday midnight. Airport authorities, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and local people led the rescue operations. "Immediately after the incident, we could start the rescue operations. The joint efforts of all departments and the local people made the rescue operations smoother," said Minister for Local Self Governments A C Moideen said.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has visited the airport in the morning. The DGCA authorities have begun an investigation to find out the reason behind the accident. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, health minister KK Shailaja, Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and state police chief Lokanath Behera will also visit the accident spot in the morning.

Names of the passengers who died in the accident: 

1. Mohammad Riyaz VP (24), Palakkad 
2. Shaheer Ziyad (38), Malappuram 
3. Lailabi K V (51), Malappuram 
4. Rajeevan Chekkaraparamabil (61), Kozhikode 
5. Manal Ahammad (25), Kozhikode 
6. Sharafuddeen (35), Kozhikode 
7. Janaki Kunnoth (55), Kozhikode 
8. Azam Mohammad Chembayi (1), Kozhikode 
9. Shantha Marakkat (59), Malappuram 
10. Akhilesh Kumar (Co-pilot) 
11. Deepak Sathe (Pilot) 
12. Sudheer Variyath (45), Malappuram 
13. Shaiza Fathima (2), Malappuram 
14. Ramya Muraleedhran (32), Kozhikode 
15. Ayisha Dua (2), Palakkad 
16. Shivathmika (5), Kozhikode 
17. Shenobia (40), Kozhikode 
18. Shahina Bhanu (29), Kozhikode


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