An Air India Plane suffered a crash breaking it into two at an airport in India’s southern state of Kerala, leading to the death of at least 16 people on board.
After landing at Calicut airport, the Boeing 737, come from Dubai, skipped off the runway in the rain and broke in half, officials said. The plane was bringing back the stranded Indians as a result of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was “pained by the crash.”
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Several passengers received aid from rescue workers who helped those on board the Boeing 737 plane. Officials took hundreds of injured passengers to the hospital, with some having significant injuries.
According to Sujith Das, a senior official, they admitted 89 people to various hospitals in Kozhikode. Ambulances are still coming in,” He added.
The air carrier said there were 184 people on the plane. They consist of seven crew members and ten children
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Before the crash, the plane tried to land on Friday shortly before 20:00 local time (15:30 BST), as heavy rains from the monsoon season lashed across Kerala.
The Civil Aviation Directorate General (DGCA) said the plane plunged into a valley. It broke in two after skidding off the runway end. At the time of touching down, there was no fire, said the Aviation regulator.
Photos telecast by Indian news showed the aircraft at the bottom of the slope broken into two parts. People were below searching through the wreckage.
The aircraft rounded the airport multiple times and made two landing attempts, recorded by NDTV, citing flight-tracking details.
At the time of the plane’s flight, heavy rains were falling in Kerala owing to the seasonal monsoon. This type of weather is normal in India during this time of year.
Earlier Friday, Authorities proclaimed scores of people in Kerala’s Idukki district dead after a landslide caused by monsoon-season flooding.
In a tweet from India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the plane”overshot the runway in rainy conditions .” It then fell down a 35 ft (10.6 m) slope before breaking into two.
He said India ‘s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) would carry out a detailed inquiry.
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