An Air India Express passenger plane shot through and fell off the runway during the landing in the Indian city of Kozhikode on Friday. Authorities fear that at least 15 have been killed and at least 123 injured.
The Boeing 737 of the budget airline Air India Express came from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On board were 174 adult passengers, 10 children, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew.
Around 8:15 p.m. local time, the plane overshot during landing at the international airport in the city in southwestern India. According to the police, there was heavy rain upon landing.
According to the first images, the plane ended up 10 meters lower in a valley and broke in two. The plane is not on fire.
Several rescue teams are busy looking for survivors in the debris. The victims are taken to the nearest hospital.
According to authorities, it was a flight that repatriated people of Indian nationality from the UAE who were unable to return home due to the corona virus. In the country millions of Indians are mainly employed in construction.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now expressed his condolences to the relatives via Twitter.
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.Avatar
In 2010, an Air India aircraft also left the runway
In 2010, an Air India Express Boeing 737 from Dubai also left the runway in the southern Indian city of Mangalore. Then 158 people died. Eight occupants survived the disaster.
The cause of that disaster turned out to be that the pilot was disoriented because he slept for most of the three-hour flight.