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‘Airplane shook violently, loud noise after impact’: Survivors recall Kerala crash | India News

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KOCHI: Survivors and witnesses of the tragic plane crash in Kerala recounted the horror that unfolded Friday night when the Air India Express plane slid off the runway, splitting in two and killing at least 18 people.
In a phone interview from his hospital bed, Renjith Panangad, a plumber who was returning home for the first time in three years after losing his job at a construction company in Dubai, said the plane rocked before the accident and everything fell apart. it got dark.
He said he followed other passengers who crawled out of the fuselage through the emergency exit.
“Many passengers were bleeding,” said Panangad, who escaped without serious injuries. “I still can’t understand what happened. As I try to remember what happened, my body shakes.”
He said the pilot made a regular announcement before landing, and moments after the plane hit the runway, it took a nosedive.
“There was a big noise during the impact and people started screaming,” he said.
“We didn’t realize what really happened, other than that the flight was shaking,” said Ramshad, who was injured when the aircraft dove into the valley and broke into two parts.
Although he was injured, Ramshad’s wife, Sufaira, and their four-year-old daughter, Saidasherin, escaped without serious injuries.
Similar is the experience of Ashraf, a native of eastern Kozhikode, who said that he had not yet recovered from the impact.
“As soon as the flight crashed, the emergency door was opened and people jumped to safety,” said another survivor.
Ashik, in treatment at a hospital, said fire force personnel reached out immediately and transferred the injured to hospital soon.
Central Industrial Safety Force (CISF) Assistant Deputy Inspector Ajeet Singh, who was one of the eyewitnesses to the accident, said he was talking to a colleague when he saw the plane fall onto the parameterized road.
“I went to the field around 7:30 pm for the third round and arrived at gate number 2, which is a fire emergency gate, where ASI Mangal Singh was on duty. I asked him for the rhythm book to sign. Then I was talking to him when I saw that an Air India Express flight was falling onto the parameter road, “Singh said.
He said he immediately informed the control room, concerned officials and rescue teams.
“Members of the line and fire crews came to the rescue. We immediately opened door number 8. Around 25-30 volunteers and a JCB entered the facility and began the rescue operation removing debris, under which the passengers were trapped, “Singh said.
“CISF personnel entered the crashed plane and rescued people from inside, took them to the ambulance, which entered through door number 8 and transported them,” he added.
The 2-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode with 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew on board. It was a Vande Bharat repatriation flight that was bringing back Indians stranded abroad due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The plane overshot the runway at Kozhikode Airport while landing in heavy rain and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke in two, killing at least 18 people and injuring many.

Times of India

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