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Air India Express crash: Fatalities rise to 18

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Kozhikode: The number of fatalities in the crash landing of AIR INDIA EXPRESS IX-1344, B-737 from Dubai to Calicut on 7 August, 2020 at Calicut has risen to 18.

An AIR INDIA EXPRESS LIMITED bulletin on Saturday afternoon (8 August) said the Commander of the ill-fated aircraft IX-1344 Capt. Deepak Vasant Sathe was an experienced Boeing 737-800 aircraft pilot and had earlier also flown the Airbus A-310. He had also won the sword of honour at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad and was an accomplished fighter pilot before becoming a commercial pilot.

The family of the deceased Commander Capt. Deepak Vasant Sathe has been duly escorted by the Angels of Air India and the Emergency Response Team from Mumbai to Calicut. The family was escorted to the hospital where the mortal remains of the Captain were kept for post mortem.

As regards the family of the deceased co-pilot Capt. Akhilesh Kumar, they have already been escorted from Delhi to Calicut by Air India Express officials and Angels of Air India.

Earlier, two special relief flights had been arranged from Delhi and one from Mumbai for rendering humanitarian assistance to all the passengers and the family members.

The Emergency Response Director of AIR INDIA EXPRESS LIMITED was coordinating with all the agencies in Calicut, Mumbai as well as Delhi, Dubai for effective emergency response. The AAIB, DGCA & Flight Safety Departments had reached for investigating the accident.

The accident occurred, at 1940, local time. Immediately, search and rescue operations were carried out and all passengers many of whom were survivors had been sent to various hospitals. Emergency Command Center was immediately activated after the news of the accident. The Emergency Response Team members and GO Teams were sent to the accident scene, and they rendered necessary help to assist the emergency services and local authorities.

There were 184 passengers and 06 crew on board flight IX-1344. Unfortunately, the pilots passed away.

AIR INDIA EXPRESS LTD has established a passenger information centre, and a toll-free number has been made available for family or friends of those who may have been on board flight IX-1344. The toll-free number is 1800 2222 71. For those calling from outside. can call international country code.

Aviation Sector: Some women employees tend to file complaints of administrative nature in the garb of sexual harassment

12 sexual harassment cases before ICCs: CMD Air India

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New Delhi: During a review of the progress of cases of sexual harassment in Air India and Air India Express on Thursday (23 August 2018), Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi underscored that along with the cases of sexual harassment, some women employees tend to file complaints of administrative nature in the garb of sexual harassment.

CMD Air India  Pradeep Singh Kharola revealed that there are 12 ongoing cases before different ICCs. It was also pointed out that there are a number of cases forwarded by WCD Ministry pertaining to Private Airlines to the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The WCD Minister said the staff of various airlines, both public and private, should be sensitive to the dignity of women colleagues and issued firm instructions that it is important for the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to very quickly dispose off these cases.

This will enable the woman, if she has a genuine grievance, to explore proper administration/legal mechanisms for redressal, the Minister said adding it will also enable the ICCs to focus on the actual (sexual harrassment) cases. The WCD Minister also pointed out that DoPT, in their instructions, have provided a number of immediate relief measures in cases of sexual harassment which the ICCs must grant to the complainant if she so requires.

The WCD Minister further stated that the aviation sector has expanded and has become more inclusive in its workforce as well as accessible to the middle class. It is no longer an exclusive sector perceived to be meant for upper class people as was the case during the 70s and 80s. With such inclusive workforce as well as the passengers, it is important that the male employees in the sector, especially the pilots, to be extra sensitive to the perceptions about women colleagues. The Minister requested the CMD, Air India to sensitize the male employees so that the women employees do not feel threatened/insecure in any manner.

The WCD Minister requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to suitably direct the Private Airlines along the same lines. Officials of DoPT, Ministry of Civil Aviation and WCD Ministry were present at the meeting.