Former and current Indian cricketers have expressed shock over the Air India Express plane skidding on the runway in Kozhikode on Friday (August 7), killing nineteen and leaving several seriously injured.
Cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar led the cricket fraternity to offer their players to the deceased and strength to their family members. Team India skipper Virat Kohli, his limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Ravi Shastri among many others also expressed their sadness and prayed for the departed souls.
An Air India Express flight with 190 passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway and split into two while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport in heavy rain on Friday evening. The plane fell into a 35-feet valley before splitting into three parts. The pilot-in-command Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were among those killed onboard.
Here’s how cricket fraternity reacted on Twitter:
Praying for those who have been affected by the aircraft accident in Kozhikode. Deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives. 🙏🏼
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 7, 2020
Praying for the passengers and the staff on the #AirIndia flight in Kozhikode. Shocking news.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 7, 2020
Praying for the safety of everyone onboard the #AirIndia Express Aircraft that’s overshot the runway at Kozhikode Airport, Kerala.
Deepest condolences to the families who have lost their near ones in this tragic accident.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 7, 2020
Shocking news of the Kozhikode flight crash. Prayers for the passengers and crew. 2020 please have mercy 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 7, 2020
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 8, 2020
Deeply pained to learn about tragic plane incident in Kerala. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate incident. 🙏 #AirIndiaExpress #AirIndiaCrash #Kerala
— Sushma Verma (@ImSushVerma) August 8, 2020
Absolutely gutted to hear about the Kozikode flight crash. Prayers for strength to those who have been deeply affected 💔🙏🏼
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) August 8, 2020
Terrible news coming from Kozhikode. Frightening visuals of the plane breaking apart. Hoping and praying that all passengers are evacuated safely as soon as possible!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 7, 2020
Absolutely tragic incident in Kerala. I pray for a quick recovery of the injured passengers and my thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones.
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 7, 2020
Saddened by the news of #KozhikodeAirCrash.
Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident and prayers for a speedy recovery of those injured.
— Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) August 8, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with the people injured in the plane crash in Kerala. Condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate incident. May they RIP.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 7, 2020
Terribly heartbreaking plane accident at #Kozikhode. Deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. Prayers with all the injured for a speedy recovery 🙏🏻
— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) August 8, 2020
Really sad news from Kozhikode. Praying for the passengers and staff on the Air India flight.
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 7, 2020
Saddened to hear the #AirIndia news.. Praying for all those affected by it 🙏
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 7, 2020
Shocked to hear about the aircraft accident in Kozhikode. Praying for those injured and my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of the ones who lost their lives. #Keralaaircrash
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) August 7, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 7, 2020
Shocked by the tragic news of plane crash at Kozhikode. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) August 7, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives following the crashlanding of #AirIndiaExpress flight in Kozhikode. Prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 7, 2020
— Khaleel Ahmed 🇮🇳 (@imK_Ahmed13) August 7, 2020
Shocked by the news of plane crash at Kozhikode. My prayers are with the people on board. Wishing speedy recovery to ones who are injured.
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) August 7, 2020
Shocked by the news of the plane crash at Kozhikode. My prayers are with the people onboard. Wishing a speedy recovery to those who are injured. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Shubman Gill (@ShubmanGill) August 7, 2020
Heart goes out to the passengers and crew members who were onboard #AirIndia flight. Hope God grants strength to their families.
— Siddharth Kaul (@iamsidkaul) August 7, 2020
So gutted to hear about the tragic plane crash in Kerala. My thoughts and prayers are with those injured & I hope they recover soon. May God give strength to the families who have lost their loved ones. 🙏
— Washington Sundar (@Sundarwashi5) August 7, 2020