2020 Kozhikode flight crash survivors to fund hospital for brave hearts who rescued themtext_fields
In a show of gratitude to the locals who helped in the rescue in 2020 when an Air India Express flight crashed at Kozhikode international airport, the survivors, along with the dependents of the deceased, have offered to set up a new building for a public health centre in the locality.
As per reports, the survivors and kin of the victims have raised a total of Rs 50 lakh from the funds they have received as compensation to build the health centre for the local bravehearts of Kondotty who fought heavy rains and disregarded the Covid pandemic scare to rush the injured passengers from the flight wreckage to nearby hospitals.
The building will be constructed for a Public Health Centre (PHC), the only government health facility near the crash site.
An action forum, which was formed under the Malabar Development Forum (MDF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the District Medical Officer (DMO) on August 7, the second anniversary of the accident, to construct the hospital building for the PHC with in-patient facility, a pharmacy and a laboratory.
The action forum which includes the survivors and the families of 184 passengers has contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh for the purpose, MDF Chairman Abdurahiman Edakkuni told PTI.
"On the day of the accident, the nearest hospital was around eight km away. There is a PHC just 300 meters away from the crash site but lacks facilities. So the forum has decided to construct the hospital for the first responders who saved many lives on that fateful night. It's a manner of showing gratitude to the locals who rushed to help the passengers," Edakkuni said.
Eighteen people, including the pilot and co-pilot, were killed when the AIE flight with 190 people on board from Dubai overshot the tabletop runway here on August 7, 2020, and fell into a 35-feet valley and broke into pieces on impact.
The MoU was signed by Kozhikode DMO, R Renuka, and Edakkuni, the chairman of MDF. "As soon as the health department gives a nod, the construction will begin", Edakkuni said.
Almost everyone received the insurance compensation, thanks to the Forum, which brought in foreign lawyers to fight for the claim with the Airline and the insurance company.