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While rescue personnel hastened to pull out the injured men and women from the aircraft, even locals nearby gave a helping hand to the grief struck passengers.
Two special relief flights have been arranged from Delhi and one from Mumbai for humanitarian assistance to all passengers and their family members, the airline said.
The death toll in the accident went up to 17 after the Dubai-Calicut plane, which was a repatriation flight operated under the Vande Bharat mission, skid off the runway.
Footage from the accident site in Kozhikode shows the Air India Express plane split into two pieces and the debris lay scattered on the ground Friday night.
The crash Friday is the worst for Air India since May 2010, when a flight from Dubai overshot the runway at the Mangaluru airport and burst into flames. 158 people died.
There were 191 people on board the flight, including 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew. The plane broke into 2 portions after falling down a valley.
Idukki District Collector H Dinesh said most of the people who died in the incident were tea estate workers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Police and fire service personnel have rushed to the spot where nearly 20 houses of plantation workers have been buried, and have asked hospitals to be prepared.
In a letter to Sonia Gandhi, T.N. Prathapan questioned Congress stance on the issue and said it can't chase extreme religious nationalism with a soft prototype.
Intelligence agencies suspect that Kalukettiya Purayil Ijas left India with his family in 2016 and has been working with the Islamic State since then.