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Published : Friday, 7 August, 2020 at 11:23 PM  Count : 298

An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, officials say.

An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, officials say.

At least 15 people were killed after an Air India Express plane with 190 on board from Dubai skidded off the runway and broke in two while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday amid heavy rain, the police said.

Among those killed were the two pilots of Flight IX-1344, authorities said, according to NDTV report. 

Four people are still stuck inside, the Kerala Police chief said.

Most on board have been evacuated and at least 50 injured, including 15 in serious condition, have been taken to hospital, authorities said.

There were 174 passengers, 10 Infants, two pilots and four cabin crew members on board the aircraft.

The flight was part of the Vande Bharat programme that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Television images from the site showed part of the fuselage of the Boeing 737 jet ripped apart with debris strewn all over.





The incident took place amid very heavy rainfall in the area around 7:40 pm. 

A greater tragedy was averted as the plane did not catch fire. Emergency services personnel were seen working in the dark and spraying the wreckage with water.

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