The flight, coming from Dubai, was part of Vande Bharat programme that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic
NEW DELHI — An Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway after landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode and plunged deep into a valley, where it broke into two pieces. At least 14 persons, including the pilot and co-pilot, have been killed, says Indian Express.
The Boeing 737 aircraft, which had a total of 191 people onboard, battled heavy rains while landing.
The flight was part of the Vande Bharat programme that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the “aircraft skidded off the runway, crashed into a wall and then fell into a valley, splitting into two.” There were 174 passengers, 10 Infants, two pilots and five cabin crew members on board the aircraft.
Most on board have been evacuated and at least 50 injured, including 15 in serious condition, have been taken to hospital, NDTV reported quoting authorities.
Television images from the site showed part of the fuselage of the jet ripped apart with debris strewn all over.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “I have instructed the police and the fire force to take urgent action in the wake of the plane crash at the Kozhikode International airport (CCJ) in Karipur.”
According to the DGCA, plane, a Boeing 737 aircraft, landed on Runway 10 amid visibility of 2,000 metres in heavy rain, but continued running till the end of runway, fell down in the valley and broke in two pieces.
– With input from agencies