Air India Plane Crashes in Kerala, Breaks Into Two

By Paul Riegler on 7 August 2020
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An Air India Express plane crashed in Kerala after skidding off the runway.  The aircraft broke into two after attempting to land in poor weather at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport.

Kerala is a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India.

Officials said that one pilot and two passengers died in the crash.

The Boeing 737 overshot the runway, fell into a valley, and broke into two, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

The aircraft had 174 passengers on board, the DGCA said.

“Air India Express Flight IX 1344 operated by B737 aircraft  from Dubai to Calicut overshot runway at Kozhikode at 1941 hrs tonight,” the DGCA said in a statement it later issued.   “No fire reported at time of landing,” it added.

India’s prime minister, Nerendra Modi, and its foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, sent statements of condolences to the passengers and their families on Twitter.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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