Dhaka conveys condolences to India over plane crash

Diplomatic Correspondent

Bangladesh has conveyed condolences to India over the Air India plane crash that killed at least 18 people and injured about 150.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart Dr S Jaishankar on Saturday and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved families and the people of India on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, the government and on his own behalf.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam phoned his Indian counterpart V Muraleedharan and expressed deep condolences over the loss of lives.

Both of them tweeted following the conversation.

Dr Momen prayed for quick recovery of the injured, according to a press release issued by Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.

Shahriar Alam also conveyed deep sympathy to the family members of the victims and enquired about the injured Indian citizens.

The crash took place when the Air India Express Boeing 737 from Dubai – a coronavirus evacuation flight – plunged off the runway down an embankment in heavy rain in Kozhikode.

Officials said that 191 passengers and crew were on board the plane that plummeted 10 metres (35 feet) off the so-called tabletop runway – which can be tricky to land on – in Kerala state.