At least 18 people including two pilots have been killed in a plane crash in the Indian state of Kerala. Of the injured, 112 have been admitted to various local hospitals. There were a total of 191 passengers on board.
Indian media NDTV reported that the plane was returning from Dubai. The Kerala police chief said rescue work was underway on the plane. Four people are still trapped inside the rubble. Most of the riders have been rescued. The condition of 15 of the injured is critical. Both pilots were killed in the crash.
According to the airport authorities, the plane was carrying 10 children, including 174 adult passengers. The flight also had two pilots and five crew members. It was a Boeing 737 model aircraft.
The Air India plane fell off the runway while landing at the local Kozhikode airport and broke into two pieces. Kozhikode airport authorities said the plane crashed off the runway at around 8:15 pm local time during landing. It was raining heavily at the scene when the plane landed. Relevant sources say that the plane did not catch fire even though it broke into two pieces. The airport has been closed since the incident.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Bijayan wrote in a tweet that necessary instructions have been given to the concerned officials to take all necessary measures to conduct the rescue operation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted regretting the incident. “I have spoken to the Chief Minister of Kerala about the situation,” he wrote. Hopefully, the injured will recover soon. ‘