CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ ■ KOCHI l MONDAY l AUGUST 10, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l LATE CITY EDITION Did plane land at speed higher than normal? Reverse thrust also may not have worked, feel Kozhikode airport officials who inspected site D H I N E S H K A L L U N G A L @ T’Puram 115 at hosps, 14 critical Malappuram: As many as 115 people injured in the plane crash are undergoing treatment in Malappuram and Kozhikode. The condition of 14 people is critical. Dist police launch probe Malappuram: District police have launched a probe into the plane crash. A 30-member squad, led by DySP P C Haridas, has been formed for the purpose. THE Air India Express plane involved in the accident at the Kozhikode airport on Friday night that claimed 18 lives approached the runway at a speed higher than what is ideal for a safe touchdown, sources at the airport revealed. Also, it is learnt that the aircraft touched down on the runway well beyond the threshold mark, making it a risky landing. Besides, it is suspected that the reverse thrust mode used to reduce the speed after landing probably didn’t work, which could indicate a technical fault. “Normally aircraft approach the runway at , a speed range of 220-240kmph (120-130 knots). But this plane descended on the runway at over 300kmph,” said a reliable source in the Airport Authority of India. Further, the aircraft touched down on the 2,860-metre runway (which includes the 240-metre Runway End Safety Area) at the 1,300-metre point. The Boeing 737 with 190 on board skidded and fell off the edge of the table-top runway while landing in bad weather. The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation have launched an investigation into the accident. An inspection of the accident site also raised suspicion whether the aircraft engine had really worked in reverse thrust — a process of temporarily diverting the engine’s thrust against the forward travel to provide deceleration. According to experts, even aircraft that touchdown beyond the threshold mark can be effectively stopped if the engine is in the reverse thrust mode. After landing, the plane crossed Runway End Safety Area and broke the instrument ● More on P2 landing system lights. PETTIMUDI MISHAP: 17 MORE BODIES RECOVERED, TOLL 43 Idukki: Search and rescue personnel dug out 17 more bodies from the landslide-hit Pettimudi in Idukki on Sunday. While the death toll has risen to 43 in one of the largest such disasters in the state, 28 people are yet to be located three days after the incident. According to local residents, 83 people had settled in the four estate lanes flattened by the massive landslide on Thursday night. If rescue work on the first two days centred around the devastated estate lane area, on Sunday, operations were extended to the nearby river and other locations. The police’s dog squad and drones were pressed into service to check for missing people. Forest Minister K Raju said the search operation will continue till the last person is found. P4 PM launches `1L-cr scheme for agri infra development E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA’S rural economy has stayed resilient in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday as he launched a `1 lakh-crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. It will be a dedicated finance facility which will run for 10 years under which banks and financial institutions will extend loans with interest subvention of 3% per annum. The `1 lakh crore fund will be used to augment post-harvesting facilities, community farming assets, and help Farmer Producer Organisations. The fund also seeks to extend financial assistance to the agri-entrepreneurs. “Within a month of the Cabinet nod to the scheme, the first sanction of over `1,000 crore was made to over 2,280 farmer societies,” said the PM. Modi also released the sixth instalment under the PM-Kisan Nidhi to over 8.5 crore farmers. A man shifting his belongings in a country boat from his flooded house at Valiyathuruth in Kainakari, Kuttanad, on Sunday | EXPRESS EXODUS BEGINS IN KUTTANAD Alappuzha: Mass exodus of people began in Kuttanad which is staring at flooding for the third year. Outer bunds of five paddy polders breached, submerging several houses. Water level in the Upper Kuttanad area rose by over four feet on Sunday. P4 DAM SHUTTERS RAISED YOUTH GOES MISSING CABBIE DROWNS IN FLOODWATER Six shutters of Pampa dam were raised by 60cm from 1.30pm on Sunday. People living in downstream areas have been urged to exercise caution P B Vinayak,24, of Shoranur went missing in the Bharathapuzha while taking bath in the Mundamuka ghat on Sunday A Kochi airport taxi driver, Justin Joy,26, died after his car was swept away by gushing floodwater near Manarcad in Kottayam More rain... n The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Alappuzha, Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod till Monday noon n Orange alert in Kannur Alappuzha, Ernakulam & Malappuram for the subsequent 24 hours. P4 10 dead as hotel-turned-Covid care 1,211 1,026 facility catches fire in Vijayawada KERALA CASE DIARY test Covid positive on Sunday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 970 103 @ Vijayawada AT least 10 people were killed and 18 others sustained burns in a fire accident at a Covid Care Centre being run in the Swar na Palace Hotel by Ramesh Hospitals in Vijayawada early on Sunday . One was charred to death while nine died of asphyxiation. Three of them were women and seven men. The fire broke out around 4.45 am when most of the inmates were asleep. The flames and smoke soon spread to the first and second floors of the five-storeyed building, suffocating the people trapped inside. There were 44 people including 31 patients inside the centre at the time of the incident. Some of them broke the glass windows and perched on the balconies screaming for help. Quick Response Teams, fire tenders, NDRF and police personnel rushed to the spot following a distress call. With infected through local contact patients recover unknown sources EXPRESS READ Curbs on import of 101 defence items NDRF personnel wearing PPE kits carry out rescue operations after a massive fire broke out at a Covid-19 care centre in Vijayawada on Sunday | PTI wooden railings on fire and in the absence of an alternate staircase, firefighters used ladders, broke open the windows and rescued 18 people. The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals. At least, 15 patients were moved to the Ramesh Hospitals. Most of the inmates were gripped by panic more so after it became clear that there was no way out of the building. Four of them jumped from the first floor where the fire was raging. They sustained serious injuries. All of them were rushed to a hospital where their condition is stable.“Thick smoke engulfed the hotel. I could not go anywhere. I broke the window panes, stood on the slab outside and screamed for help,” a survivor said. Local tahsildar said the hotel and hospital management were aware of the electrical defects in the building, but avoided rectifying them because of the P5 cost involved. New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence on Sunday released a list of 101 defence items, including arms, that India will stop importing in a phased manner. The list is expected to pump up domestic defence hardware industry with contracts worth Rs 4 lakh crore over the next five-seven years. 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