Plane crashes on landing …at least 17 dead

An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 17 people. The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport. The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.

All on board were evacuated after a nearly 3-hour operation and at least 112 injured were taken to hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, authorities said. There were 174 passengers, 10 Infants, two pilots and four cabin crew members on board the aircraft.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained by the plane accident”. The rescue operation at the crash site has now been completed and survivors have been taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram, according to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Dozens of people were injured, 15 of them seriously, a senior police officer said. Air India Express said the two pilots were among the dead.

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