The crash landing of the Dubai to Kozhikode Air India Express flight at the Karipur airport in Kerala has come as a shock for the state, where the COVID 19 cases have been soaring during the past few days and then, floods affecting many parts due to excessive rainfall.
The crashing of the aircraft, which was part of the Vande Bharat Mission, resulted in the loss of 18 lives. Around 100 passengers have been injured.
The captain of the aircraft, Deepak V Sathe, was among those who lost their lives. Actor Prithviraj has written a note paying tribute to the former Indian Air Force pilot.
“Rest in peace Wing Cdr (Retd) Sathe. Had the privilege of knowing him personally. Will cherish our conversations sir,” writes Prithviraj.