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Kerala crash updates:Toll at 20, survivors say brave pilot averted major tragedy

The Air India Express flight was about to land when the accident happened. After overshooting the runway, the aircraft broke into pieces.

By Susmita Pakrasi | Updated: Aug 08, 2020 06:13 IST
Kerala crash updates:Toll at 20, survivors say brave pilot averted major tragedy

An Air India Express flight with 191 passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode on Friday evening. Preliminary images from the accident site showed the aircraft split into two pieces with debris all over the runway. There were 10 infants on board the Air India Express flight that skidded off the Karipur runway while landing, Air India said.

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06:03 AM IST

Survivors say, 'brave pilot averted major tragedy'

Survivors of the Kerala plane crash say "brave pilot and vigilant local people averted a major tragedy."

People rushed to the spot and retrieved passengers before help came in. Though it was an evacuation plane they entered the flight ignoring smoke and minor fire and retrieved all aboard.

06:01 AM IST

Toll at 20

The toll in the Kerala plane crashed rose to 20. The Air India Express plane for overshot and fell 50 metres off the end of the runway at the Kozhikode airport on Friday evening.

05:07 AM IST

United States condoles loss of lives in Kerala plane mishap

The United States department extended condolences to "family and friends" of those killed in the Air India Express tragedy at Kozhikode in Kerala and wished a "speedy recovery to the injured. US envoy Ken Juster has expressed grief over the plane crash incident which took place in Kozhikode of Kerala on Friday evening, reports ANI.

04:42 AM IST

Before crash-landing, AI Express pilot aborted two landings due to tailwind: Official

Air India (AI) Express pilots, who have died in Kerala plane crash tragedy, attempted two landings before the final landing at the tabletop runway at Kozhikode on Friday evening. Two landings were aborted by pilots due to tailwind. "According to weather radar, approach was for runway 28 but as pilots found difficulties they went around twice and came from the opposite side on runway 10 and the plane crash-landed at Kerala's Kozhikode airport," a senior investigator from DGCA said, reports ANI.

12:19 AM IST

Heart goes out to the passengers and crew members onboard the Air India flight, says Shah Rukh Khan

12:07 AM IST

Everyone rescued from aircraft, rescue operations completed: Civil aviation minister

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that everyone has been rescued from the aircraft, rescue operations have been completed and the injured are being treated at various hospitals. He also added that two investigations teams will leave for Kozhikode at 02.00 and 05.00 hrs

12:03 AM IST

Shocked at the devastating news of the plane mishap in Kozhikode, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed shock at the news of the Air India Express flight skidding off a tabletop runway and falling into a 50-foot deep valley in Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday evening. At least 20 people were killed in the accident. "Shocked at the devastating news of the plane mishap in Kozhikode. Deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who died in this accident. Prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured," he tweeted, reports PTI.

11:46 PM IST

Evacuation completed, says Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that the evacuation process has been completed. He said that Malappuram collector has informed that the rescue operations at the site have been completed. Air india flight AXB1344 (@DXB to CCJ) had 190 passengers. Vijayan added that all have been transferred to hospitals in Malappuram and Kozhikode.

11:43 PM IST

20 dead in Air India Express plane crash

20 people have lost their lives after an Air India Express flight en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode.

11:36 PM IST

Goa CM expresses shock, condoles deaths

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant expressed shock at Friday's plane crash in Kerala. An Air India Express flight from Dubai, with 190 people on board, overshot the runway in Kozhikode in the southern state in the evening and fell into a valley, reports PTI.

11:29 PM IST

Search and rescue operation is over and all injured have been shifted to various hospitals: India in Dubai

As per the latest information from state authorities, search and rescue operation is over and all injured have been shifted to various hospitals. Air India Dubai helpline is +97142079444. CGI Dubai expresses its deep condolences for deceased passengers: India in Dubai, reports ANI.

11:16 PM IST

Kerala CM asked all govt agencies to engage in rescue operations

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed shock over the tragic mishap of the Air India Express at Kozhikode airport this evening.

The CM asked all govt agencies to engage in rescue operations using all government facilities.

11:05 PM IST

Deeply saddened to hear about accident of Air India Express flight IX1344 upon landing at Kozhikode airport: IATA

Deeply saddened to hear about the accident of Air India Express flight IX1344 upon landing at Kozhikode airport. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this accident: International Air Transport Association (IATA)

11:00 PM IST

Dubai-Kozhikode aircraft was at full speed while landing at the Karipur Airport and overshot the runway: DGCA to ANI

The Dubai-Kozhikode aircraft was at full speed while landing at the Karipur Airport and overshot the runway: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ANI

10:55 PM IST

Deeply pained and saddened by tragic accident of Air India Express Aircraft in Kozhikode: Smriti Irani

Deeply pained and saddened by the tragic accident of Air India Express Aircraft in Kozhikode.

I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families in this hour of grief and prayers to the Almighty for speedy recovery of the injured., says Smriti Irani

First published: Aug 07, 2020 21:36 IST