17 confirmed dead in plane crash-landing in south India

17 confirmed dead in plane crash-landing in south India

NEW DELHI: Air India Express confirmed on Saturday morning that 17 were killed in a plane crash-landing in India’s southern state of Kerala, including two pilots, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

As of now there are 17 confirmed deceased including the two pilots, the company said in a statement, adding that the four cabin crew members are confirmed safe.

A special relief flight has been arranged from Mumbai and Delhi for rendering humanitarian assistance to all the passengers and the family members, it said.

According to Air India Express, a subsidiary of Air India, there were 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew on board the aircraft which skidded off a runway at Kozhikode Airport in Kerala and broke into two pieces.

The company said the flight IX 1344 operated by a Boeing 737 aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode overshot runway at Kozhikode Airport at 19:41 p.m. local time on Friday evening. No fire was reported at the time of landing.

— BERNAMA


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