Plane crash in Kerala: Air India Express plane skids & ‘falls off’ Kozhikode airport on landing | India Business News

NEW DELHI: Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 people on board overshot the Kozhikode tabletop runway on landing there at 7.41 pm on Friday. The Boeing 737 “fell off” the runway into the valley, broke into two and causalities are feared. According to flight tracking sites, the aircraft made two attempts to land in heavy rain before it did so in the third attempt when the accident happened.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing this accident. “Prima facie, the aircraft landed beyond the touch down point and fell into a valley. It has broken into two. We suspect some casualties. More information is awaited,” said a senior DGCA official.
Live updates: Air India Express flight crashes on landing at Kozhikode
This was a Vande Bharat Mission repatriation flight. An Air India spokesperson said: “Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by Boeing 737 aircraft from Dubai to Calicut overshot the runway at Kozhikode at 7.41 pm Friday. No fire reported at the time of landing. There are 174 passengers, 10 infants , two pilots and five cabin crew on board. Rescue operations are on and passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care. We will soon share the update in this regard.”
Taking to twitter, defence minister Rajnath Singh wrote: “Devastating news from Kozhikode, Kerala. I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to an accident carrying several passengers on Air India flight. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

Foreign minister S Jaishankar tweeted: “Deeply distressed to hear about the Air India Express tragedy at Kozhikode. Prayers are with the bereaved families and those injured. We are ascertaining further details.”

While, senior BJP leader from Kerala K J Alphons tweeted: “Second tragedy of the day in Kerala: Air India Express skids off the run way at Kozhikode, front portion splits , pilot dies and lots of passengers injured . All passengers evacuated. Very lucky the aircraft didn’t catch fire.”

An AI Express official said the aircraft landed in heavy rain.

Praying for safety of all, Captain Dipak Vasant Sathe: Former Indian Air Force Pilot. He also flew Airbus 310 for Air India before moving to Air India Express on Boeing 737. He won Sword of Honour at AFA. An accomplished fighter pilot, HAL test pilot from Nagpur. (Source: Air India) Reports that he perished in the crash but no official confirmation has been received yet.
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