The casualties are now up to 18, including four children. And, Twenty-two others, who were on the flight that had 190 people on board, are critical. All the 18 dead have been recognized, with nine of them belonging to Kozhikode only, Malappuram District Collector K Gopalakrishnan said. Twenty-three people have gotten discharge after medical assistance. both the pilots have been reported dead.
The Air India Express flight was about to land when the accident happened. After overshooting the runway, the aircraft broke into several pieces. There are 11 casualties of passengers and 1 pilot who was the first officer. There are 4 people currently stuck in the plane. 50+ people are taken to the hospitals.
Dubai-Kozhikode flight X1344, a Boeing 737, had 184 passengers on board and landed at 7:41 pm at the airport. According to airlines sources, it appeared to have overshot the runway.
“The Air India flight (IX-1344) from Dubai carrying 174 passengers skidded during landing at Karipur Airport in Kozhikode (Kerala) today. There were six crew members onboard, including two pilots,” Air India Express said in a statement.
In a statement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane landed in heavy rain. After landing at Runway 10, it continued running until the end of the runway and fell in the valley and broke into two. This is a scenario of runway overshooting which some days ago happened with Fedex’s MD-11 at Mumbai airport but was not so fatal.
It is believed that heavy rains in Kerala could be one of the reasons behind the mishap.The Air India Express plane allegedly fell into a 30 feet deep gorge, while landing at the Karipur Airport in Kozhikode.
At least 24 ambulances and fire tenders have rushed to the airport. Fire Brigades have been rushed to the airport just in case fire broke out from the plane.
This blog will be updated in some hours with the new information.