At least 18 people died in the crash, together with both pilots, with up to 30 others receiving remedy for critical injuries, in accordance to CV Anand, Central Industrial Security Force’s Inspector General. The flight’s knowledge recorder has been recovered from the wreckage, Anand said.
The flight, number IX-1344, overshot the runway in wet conditions, “went down 35-feet into a slope before breaking up into two pieces,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told CNN.
The flight from Dubai to Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, had 190 people on board, in accordance to Air India Express.
“There are 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots, 4 cabin crew on board the aircraft,” the assertion said, including that “no fire reported at the time of landing.” The airline added that the flight’s 4 crew members had been “confirmed safe.”
Images from the scene confirmed a damaged fuselage with items of the plane scattered throughout what seems to be a field, as properly as people looking out by the particles.
Puri told CNN that amid dangerous climate conditions the pilot had “tried to land earlier, but then did a turnaround.”
“The aircraft would not be brought to a halt by the end of the runway, and there’s a 35-foot drop in a gorge,” he said, including that the plane — happily — didn’t catch fire.
According to Anand, the evacuation of the plane ended after the “last female passenger was pulled out of the wreckage at 23.10 p.m. IST,” he told CNN.
The plane was one of the repatriation flights operated by the Indian authorities to carry back nationals stranded overseas due to Covid-19 journey restrictions, information on the Air India web site reveals.
Both India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar sent their condolences to the households of the victims on Twitter.
Air India Express is an entirely owned subsidiary of Air India, in accordance to its web site. It operates 25 Boeing 737-800 NG plane.
CNN’s Mallika Kallingal, Martin Goillandeau, Rishabh M Pratap and Diana Ford contributed to this report.