By Krishnan Nayar New Delhi, August 8, 2020 — State and central government resources and staff in India were deployed today in full force to help survivors of the crash of an Air India Express plane from Dubai that made an unfortunate landing at Calicut Airport in Kerala last night. Families of 18 people killed in the accident were each given two million Indian rupees, one million by the kerala government and an equal amount for the central government. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who visited the crash site and the hospitals this afternoon, assured these families that steps were being taken to compensate them in accordance with an international convention of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). He also granted rupees 200,000 as relief for passengers on the flight who were seriously injured and rupees 50,000 for others who suffered minor injuries.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inspected the crash debris and visited the injured passengers, along with the state governor Arif Mohammed Khan, said the entire medical costs of the crash victims would be paid by the state government. There are currently 149 people in various hospitals in Kerala, 23 of whom are in critical condition. Today, 23 passengers were discharged from the hospital after receiving first medical attention,” Vijayan said. The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs V Muraleedharan, who was responsible for the Gulf, was the first minister to arrive at the crash site in the early morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced. “It is currently being investigated to identify various aspects of the crash,” the minister said later. The flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder of the plane were recovered from the crash debris, an official from India’s Directorate-General for Civil Aviation DGCA told reporters. Together they form the “black box” of the aircraft and are flown to New Delhi to make a decision on further analysis.