Eye Witness Raw Video Air India Flight Crash in Calicut – At least 16 people have lost their lives and several injured Friday as an Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway in Kozhikode, Kerala, amid heavy rains.
The plane had 191 passengers onboard, including ten infants. The fatalities included the both the pilots, and at least 4 people were still reported to be inside the plane, which broke into 2 on impact, at the time of going to press.
The flight — IX 1344 — that landed at the Calicut airport around 7.40 pm was part of the Indian government’s Vande Bharat initiative to bring back Indians stranded abroad on account of the Coronavirus crisis. Air India Express is Air India’s budget airline.
The media ADG (Union Ministry of Civil Aviation) Mr. Rajeev Jain, said in an official statement that no fire was reported at the crash site. “As per the initial reports, rescue operations are on and Passengers are being moved to a nearby hospital for medical care” Jain said.
This is the worst for Air India, the country’s flagship carrier, since May 2010, when a flight from Dubai overshot the runway at the Mangalore (Mangaluru) airport in Karnataka and burst into flames. That crash had a total of 158 deaths, including the flight’s 2 pilots and 4 crew members.
Helplines – 056 546 3903, 0543090572, 0543090572, 0543090575: Consulate General of India, Dubai.
Sources: The Print, Twitter
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