16 Dead, 15 Critically Injured In Kerala, India Plane Crash

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A passenger plane has skidded off the runway and split in two while landing in heavy rain in the Southern Indian state of Kerala.

At least 16 people were killed while 15 were critically injured

On Friday, the Airline, The Air India Express flew from Dubai with 190 passengers including the crew and arrived at Kozhikode, otherwise called Calicut.

In footage shown on Television, there was no sign of a fire, however, part of the fuselage of the jet was torn apart.

A senior Kerala state police officer, according to The Guardian, Abdul Karim said one of the pilots was one of the unlucky ones.

He disclosed that over 15 people are currently in a critical condition, adding that rescue operations were over.

“We have at least 89 people, many of them with serious injuries, admitted at different Kozhikode hospitals. The ambulances are still coming in,” said Sujith Das, another senior police official.

“We have been told that all those who have survived the crash also have some form of injuries.”

According to official reports, the flight was repatriating Indian citizens. It said to have 174 adult passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and our cabin crew on board.

A government official, Amitabh Kant who heads planning commission told NDTV that “The incident happened because of heavy rains and poor visibility. This is truly devastating."

Kant said the runway was on a top hilltop with deep gorges on either side, making it difficult to land.

The country Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said "My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest … Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected,” he tweeted.

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