Air India Express, with 190 people on board, crashed at the airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.
At least 18 people died and 123 others were injured after an Air India Express aircraft with 191 passengers on board skipped off the runway at Calicut International Airport, also known as Karipur Airport, in Kerala’s Kozhikode. The incident took place around 7:45 p.m. on Friday, when the Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) attempted to land in heavy rainfall.
India’s civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, tweeted that the aircraft had “overshot the runway in rainy conditions” and then plunged down a 35ft (10.6m) slope, before breaking in two.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that police and fire personnel were directed to take all measures for rescue and relief operations.
The nearby hospitals in Kondotty and Kozhikode, where the wounded were rushed, witnessed scenes of chaos, many of them receiving treatment on the floor. The plane is reported to have dropped 30 feet off the edge of the Karippur runway. Air experts are comparing the 2010 tragedy at Mangalore airport, as well as a tabletop runway with a steep fall along one of the edges.
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