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Death toll in Air IndiaExpress flight accident at Kozhikode airport rises to 19

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Kozhikode: Rescue operation underway after an Air India Express flight with passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway whereas touchdown, at Karippur in Kozhikode, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. 

The dying toll in Air IndiaExpress flight accident in Kozhikode has gone up to 19, together with the pilot of the flight. The airplane, with 190 passengers and crew on board overshot the runway and fell right into a valley, breaking into two parts, on Friday night. Commenting on the casualties, Malappuram District Collector Okay Gopalakrishnan mentioned 110 individuals had been admitted to hospitals in Kozhikode and 80 to hospitals in Malappuram.

The accident occurred at 7:45 PM whereas the pilot was making an attempt to land the B737 Air India Express from Dubai at the tabletop runway of the Karipur International Airport.

“The plane went into the valley and broke in two portions. There were a total of 190 passengers including the crew. It comprises 174 adults, 10 infants and six crew members. The rescue operations were over within one-and-a-half hours. All the valuables and packages have been taken into custody,” Gopalakrishnan informed reporters at the Airport.

The district collector additionally mentioned that 110 individuals had been admitted to seven hospitals in Kozhikode and 11 amongst them are useless.

“Remaining are under treatment and their condition are at different stages. Among the 80 people admitted to Malappuram hospitals, we have received information about six deaths there. Some of the patients are critical,” the collector mentioned.

The collector additionally mentioned two passengers, who acquired trapped at the tail portion of the plane, had been rescued with nice problem.

Riyas, one of many passengers, who was rescued, mentioned the flight went across the airport twice earlier than making an attempt to land.

“I was in the back seat. There was a big noise and I don’t know what happened after that,” he informed a media channel.

Fathima, one other passenger, mentioned the flight landed with a heavy power and moved ahead.

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