Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said the Air India Express plane, which crashed while attempting to land amid heavy rain on a tabletop runway at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport late yesterday evening, was carrying enough fuel to attempt a diversionary landing elsewhere.
Mr Puri also called for patience and warned against speculation while investigations into the tragic accident are completed, acknowledging that there were several questions to be answered.
“I myself have asked these questions. I asked my colleague, CMD of Air India Express, how much fuel did he (the pilot) have? I have an answer. There was fuel. The issue is… let us await the findings of investigation,” he said.
“The media is full of speculation – that he made two attempts to land… or if it was wind or rain. First, let us try to get the facts correct. Let the facts come out,” the aviation minister added.