An Air India flight from Dubai to Kozhikode in Kerala crashed at the Calicut International Airport - also known as the Karipur airport - while landing on Friday night. 11 people have been killed in the mishap, including both pilots, and nine other passengers have been confirmed to have died. The Air India Express IX 1344 flight was reportedly carrying 191 people along with Pilots and cabin crew onboard the aircraft.
The injured have been taken to hospitals near the airport in Malappuram. The incident happened around 7.40 pm on Friday. The aircraft seems to have overshot the tabletop runway and fell 30 feet down. This resulted in the aircraft splitting into two parts damaging the cockpit area.
Currently, it's raining heavily in Kozhikode. According to sources, flights are usually diverted to nearby airports if the weather is bad at the Karipur airport since it's a tabletop airport. However, it wasn't done on Friday.
A passenger aboard the flight recalled that she ‘was not sure what happened’ and that the ‘flight was moving at a high speed.’ Jaya, a passenger, told News24, “Not sure what happened. There was an announcement that the flight is going to land, not sure what happened after that. I was sitting backwards. Those sitting in the front are injured, there are even children. The flight was moving at a high speed, everyone is now saying this.”
Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called on police and fire officials 'to take urgent action' following news of the crash. 'Have also directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical support,' Vijayan said in a tweet.
Helplines are open. #CCJaccident
These numbers will assist you in providing information about passengers who were on the Air india Express AXB1344 from @DXB to CCJ.
Airport Control Room - 0483 2719493
Malappuram Collectorate - 0483 2736320
Kozhikode Collectorate - 0495 2376901 pic.twitter.com/aPjh8ujav4
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) August 7, 2020
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