Kozhikode: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that a probe into the incident is underway. He also announced an interim relief of Rs 10 lakh interim relief for the kin of each of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh for the seriously injured and Rs 50,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the Centre on Saturday said an investigation is on to ascertain various aspects of the Air India Express flight crash at Karipur airport.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, who arrived in Kozhikode this morning from New Delhi on the directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was briefed by the officials of Air India and Airport Authority of India on how the accident had occurred.

"Visited the crash site at #Calicut Airport. Officials of @airindiain and AAI briefed on how the accident had occurred. The investigation is on to ascertain various aspects of the crash," the minister tweeted.

V Muraleedharan also said the death toll in the accident could have been higher had the pilot not switched off the engine in time. Doing so, he said, prevented the fuel tank of the aircraft from going up in flames.

Meanwhile, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with the Governor visited the hospital where the injured passengers and cabin crew of Air India flight are being treated.

Pinarayi Vijayan said that 149 people were injured and that 23 people in the hospital were in critical condition, and 18 had died.