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Kerala Flight Crash: 18 Including Both Pilot Dead, As Air India Express Flight Splits In Two|Updates
No casualties have been reported, but a number of people have been severly injured, reports said. BJP MP KJ Alphons announced the death of the pilot.
Kerala Flight Crash: 18 Including Both Pilot Dead, As Air India Express Flight, Splits Into Two|Updates
New Delhi: 18 Including Both Pilot Dead, As Air India Express Flight Splits In Two, in Kerala's Kozhikode. While making a landing at Kerala's Kozhikode, an Air India Express plane with 184 people on board skidded off the runway.
The flight IX 1344 was coming from Dubai and carrying 191 people, including crew members. The passengers on board included 10 infants, two pilots, and the five-cabin crew. According to reports, 50 passengers have been rushed to a hospital, and rescue operations are underway.
The scary images of the unfortunate event show aircraft completely broken up with debris spread over the runway and beyond.
"According to weather radar, the approach was for runway 28 but as the pilots faced difficulties, they went around twice and came from the opposite side on runway 10 and the plane crash-landed," news agency ANI quoted an investigator of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as saying.
Kerala had been hit by heavy rain, when the incident took place, around 7:40 pm. The rainfall has also caused flooding and landslides in the state. BJP MP KJ Alphons announced the death of the pilot.
The Boeing 737 flight, which crashed was a part of the Vande Bharat Mission. The Vande Bharat mission is a mission started by Indian govt to bring back Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus.
Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he has instructed the police and fire department to take urgent action in the matter."Have also directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical support," Mr. Vijayan added.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter, in his post he directed NDRF to assist with the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, help centers have been set up in the Sharjah and Dubai. Some injured passengers are in critical condition.
The Press Trust Of India quoted Riyas one of the passengers who was rescued. He said that the flight went around the airport twice before attempting to land."I was in the back seat. There was a big noise and I don't know what happened after that," he said.
President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Modi were among those who expressed grief after the plane crash.
"Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest," the prime minister tweeted.
The Kozhikode airport, is a tabletop airport at the end of the runway, is one of Kerala's most prominent international terminals and handles many flights from abroad. In similar circumstances, in 2010 an Air India Express flight had crashed at Mangalurur International terminals.
The reports say that authorities had not acted on a proposal to install a system at Kozhikode to stop planes from plunging off the edge.