Air India Express’s Dubai jinx

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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 16 people have been dead, including a pilot, and over 50 passengers have been injured in the incident.

This incident is reminiscent of the May 2010 Mangalore crash. Ten years ago in May 2010, an Air India Express airliner from Dubai to Mangalore in Karnataka was crashed and was burst into flames outside Mangalore airport, killing 158 people.

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The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, with 166 people on board, overshot the runway and crashed into the valley before bursting into flames. The crash killed 158 people and left eight survivors.

This was the first fatal collision involving an Air India Express flight. Situated on top of a hill, it has steep drops at the end of its runways – known as tabletop runways.

The Boeing which met the fatal accident on Friday is 13 years old and was delivered to the Air India Express in 2006. Air India Express, a subsidiary of Air India, has only Boeing in its fleet.

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