Air India Express flight with 190 on board skids off runway at Calicut airport, splits into two

An Air India Express plane from Dubai to Calicut skidded during landing at Karipur Airport, Kozhikode in Kerala, overshot the runway and split into two on Friday evening.

According to reports, at least 16 persons, including a pilot, have been killed and while around 40 persons have been seriously injured.

There were total 174 passengers, including 10 infants and seven crew members, including two pilots, onboard Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) that skidded during landing at Karipur Airport around 7.45 pm, Air India Express said.

Two investigation teams of professionals from Air India, Airports Authority of India and AAIB will leave for Kozhikode at 02.00 hrs and 05.00 hrs. Rescue operations are now complete. Injured being treated at various city hospitals, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

The flight was part of the Vande Bharat programme that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic. The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted helpline numbers providing information about passengers who were on the Air India Express flight. 

Airport Control Room – 0483 2719493

Malappuram Collectorate – 0483 2736320

Kozhikode Collectorate – 0495 2376901

Rescue operations are underway. Injured people are being taken to the hospital, reports said. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter.

The aviation regulator said that a Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport and broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2000 meter at the time of landing.

“Have instructed Police and Fire Force to take urgent action in the wake of the plane crash at the Kozhikode International airport (CCJ) in Karipur. Have also directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical support,” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior politicians expressed their condolences at this heartbreaking tragedy.

More details awaited.

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