The wreckage of the crashed plane in Kerala Photograph:( PTI )
An Air India Express plane skidded during landing at Kozhikode airport in southern Indian state of Kerala.
As many as 15 people died as Air India Express plane skidded and broke into two during landing at Kozhikode airport in southern Indian state of Kerala.
Kerala DGP confirmed that 15 people died in the tragic accident.
An official said Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by B737 took off from Dubai and was heading towards Calicut when this incident happened, adding that there were 191 people in the aircraft, including the cabin crew and pilots.
#BREAKING | Dubai-Calicut Air India aircraft skids off the runway after landing at Calicut airport. Ambulances have been deployed for rescue operations. @palkisu gets you the first visuals pic.twitter.com/ig4OXvZ4Jo— WION (@WIONews) August 7, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the ones who lost their loved ones in the incident.
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
He also said he talked to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, saying authorities have reached the spot and providing the assistance to the affected.
Distressed to learn about the tragic accident of Air India Express aircraft in Kozhikode, Kerala.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 7, 2020
Have instructed NDRF to reach the site at the earliest and assist with the rescue operations.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah called the incident "tragic" in a tweet and said NDRF teams have been instructed at the earliest for the rescue operations.
Air India Express flight from Dubai to Calicut, carrying 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and 5 cabin crew, overshoots runway at Kozhikode.— WION (@WIONews) August 7, 2020
As per the initial reports rescue operations are on and passengers are being taken to hospital: India's ministry of civil aviation pic.twitter.com/fXz3PGfCUm
Kerala CM also spoke on the unfortunate incident, saying the officials have been ordered to carry out rescue and relief work on an urgent basis.
Have instructed Police and Fire Force to take urgent action in the wake of the plane crash at the Kozhikode International airport (CCJ) in Karipur. Have also directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical support.— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) August 7, 2020
MEA has issued helplines numbers and said they are open 24x7. These numbers are: 1800 118 797; +91 11 23012113; +91 11 23014104; +91 11 23017905; Fax: +91 1123018158. The Kerala government has also tweeted out a list of numbers for people seeking information on passengers. These are: Airport Control Room - 0483 2719493, Malappuram Collectorate - 0483 2736320, Kozhikode Collectorate - 0495 2376901, and Kozhikode Control Room- 0495 2376900, 0495 2376901, 0495 2376902.