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Air India Express plane with 190 people on board crashes killing at least 18 people

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The Boeing 737 Air India Express Plane, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport killing about 18 and injuring many others on board. The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.

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 officials two of the pilots were among the dead while about 156 were seriously injured.plane reportedly overshot the runway upon landing amid heavy rain.

The aircraft crashed at 19:40 local time yesterday as it attempted to land for a second time at Calicut International Airport. The first attempt was aborted by the pilots because of the heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashing Kerala.

According to India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, the aircraft “overshot the runway in rainy conditions”, then plunged down a 35ft (10.6m) slope, before breaking in two. ”Formal inquiry would be carried out by India’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB)” he said