19 people, including both pilots, were killed when an Air India Express flight overshot runway and crashed in Kozhikode airport earlier this month
19 people, including both pilots, were killed when an Air India Express flight overshot runway and crashed in Kozhikode airport earlier this month|EastMojo image
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26 volunteers of Kozhikode plane crash detected with COVID-19

Volunteers of the crash rescue were asked to go on quarantine after one of the dead passengers tested positive for COVID-19

Shoubhik Roy Choudhury

Guwahati: Around 26 volunteers who took part in the rescue of survivors in Kozhikode plane crash and evacuated passengers on August 7, have now tested positive for COVID-19

"As far as my information from the airport sources goes, as many as 26 local people, involved in the rescue operations, have tested positive for the virus so far and are now under medical care," said Malappuram District Medical Officer Dr K Sakeena.

District Collector K Gopala krishnan, Superintendent of Police U Abdul Kareem and 21 others, including police and fire force personnel, who were involved in the rescue operations, had also tested positive.

Nineteen people, including both the pilots, were killed when a repatriation flight of Air India Express overshot the runway and crashed in Kozhikode airport earlier this month.

Youths who stay around the airport rushed to the spot to rescue the survivors amid heavy rain and COVID-19 fears. The survivors were taken out from the debris and shifted to nearby hospitals. The people involved in the voluntary rescue drew praise from Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Soon after the incident, the volunteers of the crash rescue were asked by the Health Minister K K Shailaja to go on quarantine after one of the dead passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

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