Air India Express 1344 aircraft that landed at Kozhikode International Airport skidded off the runway, leaving passengers injured.
Kozhikode: An Air India Express plane skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday night (August 7). According to sources, a total of 16 people including two pilots have been declared dead. One of the pilots has been identified as Deepak Sathe. Rescue operation has begun.
According to reports, the plane was carrying 170 passengers and four other members from Dubai.
PM Narendra Modi expressed grief and stated that he spoke to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2020
This aircraft was part of India's Vande Bharat repatriation initiative to bring back expatriates from foreign countries.
Second tragedy of the day in Kerala : Air India Express skids off the run way at Kozhikode, front portion splits , pilot dies and lots of passengers injured . All passengers evacuated. Very lucky the aircraft didn’t catch fire @narendramodi @JPNadda— Alphons KJ (@alphonstourism) August 7, 2020
Air India Express X1344 plane was involved in the accident. The plane skidded off the runway and crashed to a depth of 40-50 feet. Air India Express sources said the plane was believed to have moved on after landing on the runway which ended in the accident.
At least 24 ambulances and fire tenders have been rushed to the airport.
Further details are awaited.
Last Updated 7, Aug 2020, 11:15 PM