Capt Sathe’s kin concerned about table-top airports: Deshmukh | India News

Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh (File photo)

NAGPUR: The family of Captain Deepak V Sathe, pilot of the ill-fated Air India Express flight which crashed, expressed concerns about ‘table-top airports’ in the country, Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said here.
Captain Sathe and 17 others were killed when the plane crashed into a valley after overshooting the runway at Kozhikode airport in Kerala on Friday evening.
Deshmukh met his relatives here on Saturday to pay his condolences.
“The family expressed concerns about table-top airports in the country while speaking to me. They said the Civil Aviation Ministry should ensure that such incidents do not happen again,” he told reporters.
Table-top airport is the one located on the top of a plateau or hill.
A family member told PTI that Captain Sathe was a very experienced pilot, and he could not have made any mistake while landing.
The government should think about how to avoid such incidents at table-top airports, she said.

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