Shocking: 16 feared dead as flight from Dubai crashes in India’s Kerala state
CHENNAI (INDIA) – At least 16 people were feared dead, and scores injured when an Air India Express passenger plane crashed in the southern Indian city of Kozhikode in the state of Kerala as it tried to land amid heavy downpour on Friday, police said.
The Air India Express Flight IX-1344 from Dubai had 184 passengers and six crew, including two pilots, on board when it overshot the runway at around 7.40 pm local time. There were 10 infants on board.
According to local media reports, the fuselage of the B 737 split into two as it overshot the runway and fell into a gorge. Among the dead are pilot Captain Deepak Sathe and his co-pilot
“As per the initial reports, rescue operations are on and passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care,” the federal civil aviation ministry said in a statement. There was no fire on board, it added.
Television footage revealed debris of the fuselage spread over the area and fire and rescue services personnel spraying water on the wreckage to prevent a fire outbreak.
The flight was part of the Vande Bharat initiative of India to bring back expatriates stranded overseas because of the pandemic.
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