An Air India Express flight from Dubai to Kozhikode has crashed after skidding off during landing. The plane overshot the runaway and plunged into the valley 30-40 feet and broke into two pieces.
The death of the pilot has been confirmed by the authorities. Rescue operations are underway for the others. As per initial inputs, the flight skid off the runaway due to incessant rain the airport has been experiencing.
Deceased pilot DV Sathe was ex-IAF
Captain DV Sathe, who was the pilot of the ill-fated Air India Express Flight No IX 1344 from Dubai to Kozhikode which crashed landed at Karipur International Airport, was a former Indian Air Force Test pilot. According to his colleagues, he was a wonderful pilot and a great human being. Captain DV Sathe has died in the plane crash.
All passengers pulled out wreckage
According to inputs from the ground, all passengers and crew members of the ill-fated Air India Express flight have been pulled out of the wreckage. At least 14 people are confirmed dead, 123 are injured out of which 45 are in a critical condition.