Calicut – An Air India Express flight carrying 191 passengers from Dubai crashed after skidding off the runway and allegedly falling into a 30 feet deep gorge, while landing at the Calicut International Airport of south-Indian state of Kerala.
Preliminary reports stated that two casualties took place that includes the pilot, and 40 passengers are believed to be injured.
“Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) skidded during landing at Karipur Airport at around 7.45 pm today”, ANI news agency quoted Kondotty Police.
The cause of the crash of Boeing 737 is reported to be skidding off the runway due to heavy rainfall in the area. After overshooting the runway, the aircraft broke into pieces.
A local political leader TV Ibrahim said that many passengers have been admitted in hospital with injuries and luckily the plane did not catch fire.
More information is awaited.
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