An Air Indian Express plane, Flight 1344, that was carrying 191 passengers from Dubai to Kozhikode crashed into a valley on Friday after it overshot the runway at the Calicut International Airport within the southwestern state of Kerala.
Malappuram District Police said that the incident has left 16 people dead, 123 injured and 15 seriously injured, in step with Asian News International. However, there aren’t any final numbers yet.
A pilot, identified as Deepak Sathe, who died within the crash was a former pilot within the Indian Air Force.
Air Indian Express Plane ; After skidding off the runway, the Boeing 737 aircraft broke into two pieces. Photos from the scene show a major amount of debris round the plane. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said there was no fire at the time of landing.
Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene, and passengers are taken to nearby hospitals.
It was raining heavily in Kozhikode at the time of the crash. While flights are fairly often diverted to nearby airports when hazardous climate are present, this wasn’t the case with Flight 1344.
Air Indian Express Plane ; The region is expecting continued downpours into next week.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan tweeted a press release in response to the incident, writing: “My heartfelt condolences to the families of these who lost their lives following the crashlanding of #AirIndiaExpress flight at Karipur. My prayers for the speedy recovery of these injured.”
India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan also released a press release.