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Air India Express: 17 dead, dozens injured as plane crash-lands in Kerala


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

08th Aug, 2020. 09:59 am
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At least 17 people, including pilot and and co-pilot, killed when a Air India airplane overshot and skidded off the runway as it landed in southern India, breaking into two pieces.

According to the details, dozens of people left injured, after the Air India Express Boeing 737 originating from Dubai touched down in Kozhikode in heavy rain.

The airline said more than 190 passengers and crew were on board.  According to the aviation ministry, the airjet plunged (35 feet) down a slope off the end of the raised so-called table-top runway.

However, television footage showed the fuselage of the plane ripped apart and surrounded by emergency personnel working in the dark, spraying the wreckage with water although there was no sign of any fire.

Air India Express said in a statement that there “no fire reported at the time of landing.”

It said there were 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and five cabin crew on board the aircraft.

Moreover, Air India Express AXB1344, was a government-operated repatriation flight to carry home Indians during international travel restrictions owing to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Millions of Indians work in the Gulf.

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