8 August 2020, Sat, 9:13

More than a dozen killed in 'devastating' India plane crash; Secretary General mourns

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Secretary General and former lawmaker Professor Mia Golam Porwar has issued the following message of condolence on 8 August 2020 as at least 18 people were killed when a passenger jet skidded off a hilltop runway after landing in heavy rain in the southern city of Kozhikode in India.

The Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, was repatriating Indians stranded overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plane was carrying 190 passengers and crew. 18 people including two pilots were killed and more than 150 others injured in Friday's "unfortunate" crash. Off the injured, 112 people are undergoing treatment in different hospitals. International media further reported that 15 of the injured are in critical condition.

I am expressing deep shock for all the deceased and extending sympathy to their mournful families and to the government of India. I am wishing earliest recovery of the injured victims as well.