Air India Express flight crash lands at Kozhikode Airport: At least 18 people including two pilots lost their lives in plane crash at Kozhikode International Airport in Kerala. In a statement issued late Friday night, Air India Express said its flight IX-1344 from DXB CCJ was involved in an accident on August 7 at Calicut. The airline further said that emergency response team members as well as special assistance team members (Angels of Air India) had been pressed into service from Cochin, Mumbai and Delhi to render all possible assistance to the passengers as well as to the family members. Air India Express has established a passenger information and a toll-free number has been made available for family or friends of those who may have been on board flight IX-1344. The toll free number is 1800-2222-70.
The Air India Express plane had skidded off runway during landing at Karipur Airport, Kozhikode. The DGCA said the Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight fell down into the valley after landing at Runway 10 of Karipur Airport and broke down in two pieces. There were 191 people on board. Visibility was 2,000 meter at the time of landing. Karipur is a tabletop airport which requires exact precision at the time of landing. The accident happened about 7.38 pm.
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