By our Staff Reporter
New Delhi : Eighteen passengers were killed , a dozen injured as an Air India plane carrying 191 passengers crashed in the southern city of Calicut late in the evening on Friday.
Spokesperson of Air India confined to local press in India that death toll has reached to 18 in plane crash. Several others got multiple injuries.
Indian Prime Minister took to Twitter to express his grief.
“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,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted following loss of lives in plane crash.
In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan expressed his condolence to loss of innocent lives in plane crash in arch-rival India.
“Saddened to learn of the Air India plane crash in Kerala state leading to loss of innocent lives. May Allah give strength to the bereaved families in their difficult hour,” Imran Khan tweeted last night.
Preliminary reports suggested, the plane was coming in from Dubai and it overshot the runway as it landed splitting the fuselage into two.
Injured have been rushed to nearby hospitals where authorities have imposed emergency.
Officials said ill-fated flight skidded off the runway at the Kozhikode (Calicut) International airport in Kerala, also known as the Karipur airport on Friday evening. The plane was an Air India Express aircraft part of India’s “Vande Bharat” repatriation initiative to bring back expatriates from foreign countries.
Nineteen people, including former Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilot Captain DV Sathe and his co-pilot, have died while the injured are being treated at the MIMS hospital and Baby Memorial hospital in Calicut.
According to India Today, at least 170 of those onboard the flight, including passengers and cabin crew, have been rescued, DGCA Director-General (DG) Arun Kumar said. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed that the evacuation process is complete. CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) personnel who were the first responders along with NDRF (National Disaster Relief Force) teams managed to rescue a woman and a child alive during the final search of the plane’s wreckage.