At least 15 dead, including pilot in plane crash at Kerala airport

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 07, 2020, 08.56 PM(IST)

The wreckage of the crashed plane in Kerala Photograph:( PTI )

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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.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the ones who lost their loved ones in the incident.

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He also said he talked to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, saying authorities have reached the spot and providing the assistance to the affected. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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