An Air India Express Plane that carried over 191 passengers skidded off the runway in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday evening. Reports confirm one of the pilots has been killed in the accident while triggering images from the runaway show the plane been split into half. The Air India crash comes as shock as over 40 passengers being severely injured is reported by news channels. The runway is completely covered with debris as rescue operations are underway.
The Air India Express flight was about to land when the accident happened. After overshooting the runway, the aircraft broke into pieces. The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area. The flight skidded off the runaway amidst bad weather at 7.38 pm. There were 191 passengers, including staff and crew onboard.
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Air India Express Flight overshoots runway on landing in #Kozhikode…
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The incident comes at a shocking time when different parts of the world are experiencing terrible accidents one after the other. The Air India Express flight AXB1344, B737 from Dubai to Calicut was part of the Vande Bharat Mission. The flight was meant to bring home stranded people from other countries amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the world.
NDRF DG SN Pradhan in a statement said, “We must remember that it is a tabletop runway at Kozhikode. There seem to have been injuries among all the passengers & some of them are unconscious. An NDRF team has been rushed to the spot & should be reaching any time there to join search and rescue operation.”
The Air India Express plane allegedly fell into a 30 feet deep gorge, while landing at the Karipur Airport in Kozhikode.
Help centers are being set up at Sharjah and Dubai. Relatives of passengers onboard Air India Express Flight (IX 1344) that crashed at Karipur International Airport can contact the following helpline Number for inquiries – 0495 – 2376901.
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