AI Express plane overshoots runway at Kozhikode airport


(Online Desk)

An Air India Express evacuation flight from Dubai to Calicut International Airport skidded off the runway at the Karipur airport while landing in heavy rain.

An airline official confirmed that the front portion of the aircraft split into two in the accident.

Air India Flight 1344 had 191 people on board –  174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and five cabin crew.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter.

“Air India Express flight IX 1344 (Boeing 737 aircraft) from Dubai to Calicut overshot runway at Kozhikode at 1941 hrs Friday night. No fire reported at the time of landing.  As per the initial reports rescue operations are on and  Passengers are being taken to hospital for medical care,” a statement from Rajeev Jain, Additional DG, Media, Ministry of Civil Aviation, said.

Pilot Captain Deepak Vasanth Sathe, an ex-IAF Wing commander, has died in the accident. Airport sources mentioned that there was at least two other casualties. Many others were said to have been grievously injured.

An airline spokesperson said the aircraft apparently overshot the runway.

Malappuram SP Abdul Kareem said there could be casualties.

Rescue operations are progressing.

A control room has been opened at airport. The helpline number is 04832719493.

It had been raining heavily at the time of the accident.