Kerala: Air India flight skids off runway, splits into two; pilot, 3 others dead

An inbound Air India flight from Dubai with 191 passengers and crew members on board, crashed and the aircraft split into two in Kerala. Three persons including a pilot and two passengers are reported dead and many said to be injured. According to some reports, the Air India Flight 1344 from Dubai overshot the runway while landing and plunged 30 feet down.

This resulted in the aircraft splitting with serious damage to the cockpit area. There were around 140 people on the flight including passengers and crew.

Currently, it’s raining heavily in Kozhikode. According to sources, flights are usually diverted to nearby airports if the weather is bad at the Karipur airport, since it’s a tabletop airport. However, it wasn’t done on Friday.

Fire tenders and ambulances have been rushed to the spot. The mishap took place at about 7.10 pm and the aircraft broke into two parts. According to initial reports, the pilot of the aircraft- Deepak Vasant Sathe died in the mishap and the condition of the co-pilot is believed to be critical. The Cockpit and the front door of the flight were completely damaged.

Several teams of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations

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