An Air India flight from Dubai overshot the runway while landing at the Karipur airport in Kozhikode on Friday. At least 16 people have been killed in the crash, reported ANI quoting the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
There were 190 people on board, including 10 infants, four cabin crew and two pilots.
The runway at Karipur airport follows a tabletop runway model, meaning it is located atop a plateau or a small hill with one or both ends leading to a steep precipice. After landing at Runway 10, the flight continued running to end of the runway and fell down in the valley and broke into two, a DGCA statement said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a detailed inquiry into the matter.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that he has instructed police and fire force to take urgent action in the wake of the plane.
“Have also directed the officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical support,” Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan posted on Twitter.
The accident comes on the day torrential rains triggered a landslide Kerala’s Idukki district killing 15 people. The state has been receiving very heavy rainfall in the past several days and many areas are completely flooded. It is not yet known whether it was raining when the pilot attempted the landing.
The international airport, which was inaugurated in 1988, serves the Malabar region of Malappuram, Palakkad, Wayanad and Kozhikode in Kerala.