The Air India Express flight that skidded off the runway and crashed in Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday. | PTI
An Air India Express plane carrying 191 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.
The BBC reports that the Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, aviation officials said.
The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained by the plane accident”.
SATURDAY FLAKES gathered that most people on board the Boeing 737 jet have been evacuated, with dozens of them taken to hospital with injuries, some serious, authorities said.
“We have at least 89 people, many of them with serious injuries, admitted at different Kozhikode hospitals. The ambulances are still coming in,” a senior police official, Sujith Das, told AFP news agency.
SATURDAY FLAKES also gathered that the Air India plane attempted to land just before 20:00 local time (15:30 BST) on Friday, as heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashed Kerala.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane fell into a valley and broke in two after skidding off the end of the runway. No fire was reported at the time of landing, the aviation regulator said.
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