An Air India Express aircraft from Dubai skidded off the runway at Kozhikode (Karipur) International airport in Kerala. There were 184 passengers and four crew members apart from two pilots onboard at the time.
Aflight skidded off the runway at the Kozhikode (Calicut) International airport in Kerala, also known as the Karipur airport on Friday evening. The plane was an Air India Express aircraft part of India's "Vande Bharat" repatriation initiative to bring back expatriates from foreign countries.
Nineteen, including former Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilot Captain DV Sathe and his co-pilot, have died while the injured are being treated at the MIMS hospital and Baby Memorial hospital in Calicut.
At least 170 of those onboard the flight, including passengers and cabin crew, have been rescued, DGCA Director-General (DG) Arun Kumar said. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that the evacuation process is complete. CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) personnel who were the first responders along with NDRF (National Disaster Relief Force) teams managed to rescue a woman and a child alive during the final search of the plane's wreckage.