Three persons, including the pilot of the aircraft Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, died when Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by B737 aircraft from Dubai to Calicut slipped off the runway and fell into a ravine at Calicut International Airport at around 1941 hrs .
Most of the passengers, including cabin crew, are seriously injured. The injured passengers are being taken to the hospital.There was a heavy fall and visibility was poor when the flight from Dubai landed at the airport.
The report said that the aircraft had more than 191 passengers.The cockpit separated from the rest of the aircraft’s body after the accident.
The injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) says, “Air India Express AXB1344, B737 from Dubai to Calicut, Person 191, visibility 2000 meters, heavy rain, after descending runway 10, continue to the end of the runway and down into the valley Fall and break into two pieces. “
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet, “Distressed to learn about the tragic accident of Air India Express plane in Kozhikode, Kerala. The NDRF has been instructed to reach the spot as soon as possible and to assist in the rescue operation. “
Foreign Minister Dr. s. Jaishankar tweeted, “Distressed to hear about the tragedy of Air India Express in Kozhikode. Prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured. We are exploring further details. “
Awaiting for more information.