Air India Express flight from Dubai skids off runway in Kozhikode

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An Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday.

The flight, IX1344, was part of the 'Vande Bharat' repatriation mission.

It skidded during landing at Karipur Airport at 7:40 pm (India time) amid heavy rain.

The aircraft was carrying 190 people - 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, four cabin crew and two pilots.

According to Indian authorities, at least 18 people, including the pilot and the co-pilot, have been killed in the incident.

All the injured have been shifted to various hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of Kerala.

Images posted on social media showed the aircraft fall into a deep gorge and then split into two.

In a Tweet, the Consulate General of India in Dubai listed out helpline numbers and added that the mission will be open on Saturday, August 8 to offer assistance.

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter to express their condolences.

[Image: AFP]

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