LONDON – An Air India Express (IX) 737-800 (VT-AXH) has overrun the runway upon landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport (CCJ), India.
The aircraft came to rest at the bottom of an embankment. From the first images from the scene, the aircraft fuselage is in several pieces.
The flight took off from Dubai, and the aircraft itself is 13.7 years old.
What We Know So Far
As per the manifest, there were 190 passengers including 174 adults, 10 infants, 4 cabin crew & 2 pilots.
All rescue operations have now been completed, and casualties have been transported to nearby area hospitals.
As per the regulator, the victims include both Pilots, along with 14 other passengers. The death toll at present stands at 19.
Additionally, all flights to CCJ have now been diverted to Kannur airport (CNN).
Investigation teams from Air India (AI), the Airport Authority of India (AAI), and the Indian Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) will leave for the site in the next hours. One team is already en-route.
The plane was one of the repatriation flights operated by the Indian government to bring back nationals stranded abroad due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, information on the Air India website shows.
This is not the first time an Air India Express plane has crashed.
The last time was in 2010, when flight 812 to Mangalore (also from Dubai) continued an unstabilized approach, despite three calls from the First Officer to “go around.”
This resulted in the aircraft overshooting the runway, falling down a hillside, and bursting into flames.
This is a developing story. Please check back later for further updates.
Featured image: Air India Express Boeing 737-800 VT-AXH. Photo: Shrey Chopra