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Pilots among 18 killed, scores injured in AI plane crash

Pilots among 18 killed, scores injured in AI plane crash

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Aug 08, 2020 - 13:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Eighteen people were killed and 123 others injured when an Air India Express passenger plane overshot the runway and broke into two after landing in the southern city of Calicut in heavy rain on Friday, officials said.

The Boeing-737 flight from Dubai was flying home Indians stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic. There were 190 passengers and crew on board, the civil aviation ministry said in a statement. Among them were 10 infants.

Television footage showed rescue workers moving around the wreckage in pouring rain. The aircraft lay split into at least two chunks after the plane's fuselage sheared apart as it fell into a valley 30 feet below, authorities said.

Media reports suggested that the plane skidded off a runway, crashing nose-first into the ground.

The Kerala state police chief said at least 15 people had been killed, with at least four passengers stuck in the wreckage.

The civil aviation ministry said in a statement there was no fire on board.

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