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Air India Crash – Pilot and 14 Passengers Dead

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Air India Crash – Pilot and 14 Passengers Dead

Air India Crash – Pilot and 14 Passengers Dead

An Air India Express plane with 191 people on board from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday.14 people, including the pilot, have lost their lives so far.

At least 40 passengers are believed to be injured and a pilot dead , according to initial reports. The plane did not catch fire and rescue operations are underway, authorities said.

Fire tenders and ambulances have been rushed to the spot. The mishap took place at about 7.10 pm and the aircraft broke into two parts. According to initial reports, the pilot of the aircraft- Deepak Vasant Sathe died in the mishap and the condition of the co-pilot is believed to be critical. The Cockpit and the front door of the flight were completely damaged.

The Air India Express flight AXB1344, B737 from Dubai to Calicut was part of the Vande Bharat Mission, meant to bring home stranded people from other countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area around 7:40 pm.

The Kozhikkode airport is a tabletop airport like the one in Mangaluru. A local MLA, TV Ibrahim said that many passengers have been admitted in hospital with injuries and luckily the plane did not catch fire.

The Air India Express plane allegedly fell into a 30 feet deep gorge, while landing at the Karipur Airport in Kozhikode.

A number of people on board the flight – IX 1344 – have been injured and have been taken to the hospital, reports said.

Kerala has been hammered by heavy rainfall through the day that triggered landslides and left at least 15 people dead.Around 50 others are still feared trapped in debris after a landslide in the hilly Idukki district early Friday.

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