Air India Express flight from Dubai with 191 passengers on board crash lands at Calicut, airplane has broken in to 2 pieces.
Air India Express flight from Dubai with 191 on board crash lands at Kozhikode airport on Friday evening, an airline spokesperson said.
There were 84 passengers and crew on the flight.
Police official as saying that at least two people were dead and 35 people were wounded in the crash.
Air India as saying that a pilot was one of two people who died in the crash. Captain Deepak Sathe, the pilot who died in the crash, was a former Indian Air Force fighter jet pilot, sources said.
The plane is believed to have overshot the runway after it landed—IX 1344—at the airport at around 7.40 pm.
Kozhikode airport is a tabletop airport.
It had been raining heavily at the time of the incident.
The Director General of Civil Aviation said that the flight overshot the runway and fell into the slope beyond, breaking into two pieces.
A statement issued by Rajeev Jain, Additional Director General of the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Media unit said: “Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by B737 aircraft from Dubai to Calicut overshot runway at Kozhikode at 1941 hrs tonight. No fire reported at the time of landing. There are 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 Pilots and 5 cabin crew on board the aircraft. As per the initial reports rescue operations are on and Passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care. We will soon share the update in this regard”.
The airline also said that the aircraft apparently overshot the runway.
“Air India Express Flight No IX 1344 from Dubai to Calicut skidded off the runway.We pray for well being of passengers and crew and will keep you updated as and when we receive further updates.Our helplines 056 546 3903, 0543090572, 0543090572, 0543090575,” the Indian Embassy in Dubai said in a tweet.
Air India Express has only Boeing 737 planes in its fleet.
Television reports said that rescue operations were underway.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said police and firefighters have been directed to take all measures for rescue and relief operations.
“Have instructed Police and Fire Force to take urgent action in the wake of the plane crash at the Kozhikode International airport (CCJ) in Karipur. Have also directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical support,” Vijayan said in a tweet.
Kerala Chief Minister’s Office said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the phone.
“CM informed PM that a team of officials including Kozhikode & Malappuram District Collectors & IG Ashok Yadav have arrived at the airport & participating in the rescue operation,” the CMO statement said.