An Air India Express flight with 191 passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday evening, television news channels reported. There have been 14 casualties including 2 pilots so far but 40 passengers are believed to be injured, according to reports.
As per local media reports, the pilot of the aircraft has died while the co-pilot is critically injured. The plane, carrying 170 passengers skidded from the runway into the nearby road during landing.
The Air India Express flight was about to land when the accident happened. After overshooting the runway, the aircraft broke into several pieces. The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area around 7:38 pm. There were 191 passengers including crew members on board the flight.
Eyewitness report that there was smoke at the location of the crash and the aircraft seems to have split into two parts.
A local MLA TV Ibrahim said that many passengers have been admitted in hospital with injuries and luckily the plane did not catch fire.
The Air India Express plane allegedly fell into a 30 feet deep gorge, while landing at the Karipur Airport in Kozhikode.
Rescue operations are underway.
More details are awaited.