Kerala State Minister KK Shailaja annouced mandatory COVID test, for those who are involved in the rescue efforts in Kerala after an Air India Express flight skidded off a tabletop runway at Kozhikode airport late Friday evening. Minister urging them to “go into self-quarantine as a precaution”. Eighteen people, including both pilots, were killed as the flight overshot the runway and the plane broke into pieces.
“As a part of precaution, all those who have participated in the rescue operation should go under self-quarantine. COVID tests of all of them will be done,” the 63-year-old minister said.
In the morning, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, Union Minister V Muralidharan, visited the accident site to take a stock of the situation.
Reached Kozhikode to take stock of the status & implementation of relief measures after the air accident last evening.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 8, 2020
Will hold consultations with senior civil aviation officials & professionals. pic.twitter.com/wyjFkbaJrH
The plane crash comes at a time when India, which has the third highest Covid caseload in the world, is fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic. The tally surged to 20.88 lakh cases this morning.