Shocking! Pilot dies after Air India Express flight with 184 passengers from Dubai crashes at Kozhikode airport, planes breaks into pieces

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In a shocking development, Air India Express flight carrying 184 passengers from Dubai had to crash land at the Kozhikode airport. At least 20 people including both the pilots, identified as Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe and First Officer Akhilesh Kumar, have been confirmed dead in the crash. Over 100 passengers are believed to have sustained serious injuries. Captain Sathe was a decorated former officer of the Indian Air Force. He was a former Indian Air Force officer, who flew the MiG-21 fighter aircraft with 17 Squadron (Golden Arrows) in Ambala, reported mews agency IANS.

Photos shared on social media showed the plane broken into two with debris strewn all over the place.



A statement by Air India Express said, “There were total 184 passengers, including 10 infants and 6 crew members, including two pilots, onboard Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344) that skidded during landing at Karipur Airport today.

The flight reportedly landed amidst heavy rainfall in the vicinity.







One of the reasons for the crash has been described to be the overshooting of the plane on the tabletop runway.

LIVE UPDATES:

23:12 PM: Death toll climbs to 16 as Aviation Minister says formal inquiry to be conducted by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau

22:42 PM: Deeply distressed to hear about the tragic plane crash of Air India Express flight at Kozhikode, Kerala. Spoke to @KeralaGovernor Shri Arif Mohammed Khan and inquired about the situation. Thoughts and prayers with affected passengers, crew members and their families: President Ram Nath Kovind

22:22 PM: Disheartened to learn about the plane crash in #Kozhikode. Condolences to the family members of those who have lost their lives: NCP President Sharad Pawar

22:22 PM:14 dead, 123 injured and 15 seriously injured in Kozhikode plane crash incident at Karipur Airport: Malappuram SP to ANI.

22:16 PM: 11 people dead including one pilot, several sustained serious injuries: Reports

22:14 PM: Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM@vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected: PM Modi

22:04 PM: News about the accident of Air India flight at Kozhikode airport is disturbing and disheartening. Pray for the well-being of all the passengers and crew: Ravi Shankar Prasad

22:02 PM: My deepest condolences to the loved ones of crew members, passengers who lost their lives in the tragic Air India plane mishap in Kozhikode. Praying for the well being and recovery of all survivors: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

22:01 PM: 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: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi

2130 PM: Second tragedy of the day in Kerala : Air India Express skids off the run way at Kozhikode, front portion splits , pilot dies and lots of passengers injured . All passengers evacuated. Very lucky the aircraft didn’t catch fire: Former Union Minister from Kerala, KJ Alphons

2128 PM: Air India Express Flight No IX 1344 from Dubai to Calicut skidded off the runway. We will keep you updated as and when we receive further updates. Our helplines – 056 546 3903, 0543090572, 0543090572, 0543090575: Consulate General of India, Dubai.

2125 PM: Distressed to learn about the tragic accident of Air India Express aircraft in Kozhikode, Kerala. Have instructed NDRF to reach the site at the earliest and assist with the rescue operations: Home Minister Amit Shah

2108 PM:  Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) orders a detailed inquiry into the matter, reports ANI.

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