An Air India flight (IX-1344) bound for Kozhikode from Dubai skidded during landing at the Karipur Airport at around 7.45 pm, said the police.
The Air India Express plane skidded on the runway at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport. On board were 190 passengers of whom two people, including the pilot, have died, according to police. Other injured passengers were taken to multiple hospitals and the dead to Kondotty hospital. Also Read– Pak Airbus A320 plane crash reports claim “Human Error”
A total of 190 people–184 passengers, including ten infants, two pilots, and four cabin crew were on board the aircraft.
Helpline number in Sharjah
The Indian embassy in Dubai tweeted, “Air India Express Flight No IX 1344 from Dubai to Calicut skidded off the runway. We pray for the 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.”
“Air India Express has also established a helpline number in Sharjah at 00971 6 5970303. People can call them as well for updates. Full details of injuries and casualties are awaited,” it further tweeted.
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“There were a total 184 passengers, including 10 infants and six crew members, including two pilots, onboard Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) that skidded during landing at Karipur Airport today,” said the Air India Express. The plane has broken into two parts.
Air India Express plane falls in valley
The front half of the aircraft took damage when it fell 35 feet down during landing. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, “A Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport & broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2000 meter and heavy rain at the time of landing.” The DGCA has ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General SN Pradhan said, “Teams of NDRF are being rushed to Karipur Airport where the Dubai-Kozhikode flight skidded off the runway, for search and rescue.”