Almost 600 people who took part in the rescue operations at Calicut International Airport to evacuate survivors in the Air India Express crash have been put under quarantine as a precautionary measure.
Malappuram collector K Gopalakrishnan, who was also took part in the rescue operation, has now been put under quarantine.
One of the local, Shabeer AP, who rescued people from the Air India Express crash and is now under home quarantine said “We reached the spot after hearing a huge crash sound. When I reached already about 10-15 people were there. It was raining heavily. Initially there was a fear of the flight catching fire but hearing the cries of the passengers, we just forgot everything and tried to rescue the people.”
The area where the crash happened was under containment zone but the fact did not stop locals from rushing to help the crash victims.
“There were children, pregnant ladies, elderly who were crying out. And we could see many bleeding. At that moment we did not think of anything other than saving these lives. We actually did not think much about coronavirus at that time because our aim was to save as many people as we could. There were people who did not even have mask while involved in rescue operation,” Shabeer added.
Many of the rescued crash victims were shifted to hospitals in private vehicles including jeep, cars and autos.
The Air India Express aircraft was part of a repatriation flight from Dubai to evacuate stranded Indians and as per COVID-19 protocol, all the passengers were supposed to go under home quarantine for 14 days after landing at the airport. Also, one of the passengers who died in the plane crash tested positive for COVID-19.
As of now, 114 survivors are undergoing treatment at various hospitals and 16 people are still critical. The crash left 18 people dead including the pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft.