Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed sends condolences to India’s PM after Air India Express crash


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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed sends condolences to India’s Prime Minister after Air India Express crash

The plane’s black box has been recovered and may help understand why it crashed near Kozhikode airport

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, offered condolences to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after an Air India Express plane from Dubai to Kerala crash landed on Friday night.

At least 18 people where killed when the flight from Dubai skidded off the runway as it landed at Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, on Friday night.

"You remain in our prayers during these difficult times," Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday morning, the Indian Consulate General in Dubai tweeted on Saturday morning that a further 127 people were receiving treatment for their injuries.

Flight IX-1344 carrying 184 passengers including 10 infants, two pilots and four crew overshot the runway on Friday while attempting a second landing amid heavy rain.

The Air India Express plane’s black box, which will help understand why the plane crashed, has been recovered by the civil aviation ministry’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau yesterday.

The black box, or the the digital flight data recorder, preserves the recent history of the flight with records airspeed, altitude, is crucial to understanding the reason behind the crash.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also shared his concern for people affected by recent floods in India.

At least 22 people were killed in Kerala yesterday after floods caused a landslide.

In the Indian state of Bihar, 19 people have died due to the floods and around 12,200 residents moved to relief camps. Mumbai has been battered by severe rains in the past weeks, with the city receiving 500mm of rain in 72 hours.

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