Consulate in Dubai to provide help

Dubai/ New Delhi, Aug. 8:

The Indian Consulate in Dubai will remain open on Saturday to help those who need assistance to travel to Kerala and provide information about the crash of the Air India Express flight that skidded off a hilltop runway and split in two while landing in heavy rain at an airport in Kozhikode, killing at least 17 people.“We are with all the families of injured and deceased and will do our best to assist them,” the consulate tweeted on Friday evening.

It said the consulate will remain open on Saturday to share any information related to the crash.

India’s newly appointed Consul General to Dubai Dr. Aman Puri said that there were all kinds of Indians on-board the IX 1344 flight, which took off from Dubai and fell into a valley 35 feet below before breaking into two portions.

“Some were visa cancellation and expiry cases, some were traveling to meet their family members, some having lost their jobs, and some were traveling on medical emergencies,” Puri told the local media.We pray for the well being of passengers and crew and will keep you updated as and when we receive further updates. Our helplines +97156 5463903, +971543090572, +971543090571, +971543090575, Puri told PTI on Friday. The helpline number to call in Sharjah for updates is +97165970303. Air India Express has also established a helpline number in Sharjah at +971 6 5970303.

Relief flights: Meanwhile, Air India Express said on Saturday that three relief flights had been arranged to Kozhikode in Kerala to assist passengers and their family members affected by the plane crash a day ago.

It stated that Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal, and Air India Express Chief Executive Officer K Shyam Sundar had already reached Kozhikode.

Two special relief flights have been arranged from Delhi and one from Mumbai for rendering humanitarian assistance to all the passengers and the family members, the airline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, said.

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