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Air India Express flight crash | Aviation Minister HS Puri expresses anguish over Kozhikode accident

An Air India Express aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode skidded off the runway and crashed during landing at the Karipur Airport in Kerala earlier this evening.

LIVE updates of the aftermath of the Air India Express crash in Kozhikode, Kerala (Image courtesy: News18)
LIVE updates of the aftermath of the Air India Express crash in Kozhikode, Kerala (Image courtesy: News18)

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has expressed anguish over the Air India Express plane crash in Kerala earlier this evening.

Taking to Twitter following the incident, he said, "Deeply anguished & distressed at the air accident in Kozhikode. The @FlyWithIX flight number AXB-1344 on its way from Dubai to Kozhikode with 191 persons on board, overshot the runway in rainy conditions & went down 35 ft. into a slope before breaking up into two pieces."

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Adding that relief teams from Air India and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are being immediately dispatched from Delhi and Mumbai, Puri said that a formal enquiry into the matter would be conducted by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.

An Air India Express aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode skidded off the runway and crashed during landing at the Karipur Airport in Kerala earlier this evening. The plane overshot the runway and went down a slope, following which it split into two. The incident took place at around 7.30 pm. The flight had 190 people onboard, of which 184 were passengers and six were crew members (including two pilots). Both the pilots have been reported dead.

Riyas, one of the passengers, who was rescued, said the flight went around the airport twice before attempting to land.

"I was in the back seat. There was a big noise and I don't know what happened after that," he told a TV channel.

Fathima, another passenger, said the flight landed with heavy force and moved forward.

A statement by civil aviation regulator DGCA said the airplane after landing at Runway 10 continued moving to the end of the runway amid heavy rains and "fell down in the valley and broke into two pieces".

[With PTI inputs]
First Published on Aug 8, 2020 07:40 am
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