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Kozhikode plane crash: 56 injured passengers discharged from hosps

Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said on Saturday that 149 people have been admitted to hospitals, 23 have been discharged, while three are critically injured in the B737 plane crash.

PTI | New Delhi |

Air India Express on Monday said 56 passengers injured in the plane crash in Kozhikode have been discharged from hospital after “obtaining complete fitness”.

Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said on Saturday that 149 people have been admitted to hospitals, 23 have been discharged, while three are critically injured in the B737 plane crash.

The Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 people, including a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway during landing at the Kozhikode airport in heavy rain on Friday night, fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into two, killing 18 people, including the pilots.

“The Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express Ltd as well as Regional Head-Southern Region continue to remain in Calicut (Kozhikode) to render continuous support to the family members,” the airline said in a statement.

“As on date, 56 injured passengers have been discharged from various hospitals after obtaining their complete fitness,” it added.

Air India Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of national carrier Air India, has only B737 aircraft in its fleet. The airline said on Sunday that the mortal remains of 16 passengers killed in the plane crash have been handed over to their families, and added that authorities were investigating the accident.

The Kozhikode airport is equipped with a runway end safety area as per the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), said Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday, while questioning various tweets by Congress MPs on the plane crash in which 18 people were killed.