17 dead as Air India flight splits in two after botched landing at Kozhikode airport

An Air India Express flight from Dubai with 191 people on board skidded off the runway and fell into a 35-feet valley while landing at Kozhikode international airport in Kerala on Friday night, leaving both the pilots and 15 other passengers dead. Over a hundred passengers have been injured.

The IX 1344 flight operated by B737 aircraft broke into two pieces in the accident which took place amid heavy rains at 7.41 pm. There were 174 passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and five cabin crew on board the aircraft. The flight was operated as part of the Vande Bharat mission.

An airline spokesperson said the aircraft overshot the runway. After landing at Runway 10, the flight continued running towards end of the runway and fell down in the valley and broke into two portions, said a DGCA statement.

Following the incident, several flights have been diverted to Kannur, nearly 100 km from Kozhikode.

A control room has been opened at the airport (0495 – 2376901). Help centres are also being set up in Sharjah and Dubai.

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