Kozhikode Air India Express crash: CISF personnel quarantined after passengers test positive for coronavirus

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: August 8, 2020 1:22:22 pm

Rescue operations at Kozhikode airport after the Air India Express flight crashed on Saturday. (Twitter/@satyaprad1)

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Saturday directed its personnel to go into quarantine as a precautionary measure after at least two passengers of the Air India Express flight that crashed at Kozhikode tested positive for Covid-19, PTI reported.

This came hours after the Kerala Health Department urged all those who assisted in the rescue operations to go into quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.

The CISF said it was the “first responder” to rescue passengers on Friday as its Assistant Sub Inspector Ajit Singh was on runway patrol when the flight from Dubai with 190 people onboard overshot the table top runway, fell into a 35-foot valley and broke into two.

“We are identifying our personnel, who rescued the passengers who have tested positive for coronavirus,” CISF Special Director General (Airports) M A Ganapathy told PTI.

Fearing the spread of the infection among the victims as well as relief workers, the health department today directed both parties to undergo tests for the virus. While the survivors were already being tested, all those who assisted in rescue operations will also…

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