An Air India Express Vande Bharat repatriation mission flight from Dubai-Kozhikode flight X1344, a Boeing 737, with 174 adults, 10 children 6 cabin crew members and 2 pilots on board skidded off the runway at the Calicut International Airport (Karipur Airport) during the landing process on Friday night at 7.34 PM. No fire is reported at the time of landing. Home Minister Amit Shah instructed the NDRF for immediate rescue and relief operations.
Early reports indicate that the aircraft had fallen 35 ft into a deep gorge where its body split into two. According to reports, the Cockpit has been separated from the fuselage, bringing back the memory of what happened in Mangalore in the past. Many causalities are reported.
One pilot and 3 others died, 17 passengers onboard have been shifted to Mercy hospital and another 24 were sent to relief hospitals. At least 38 ambulances and fire tenders have been rushed to the airport.
District Disaster Management Authority has been tasked with the rescue operation. 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.
This type of runway creates an optical illusion that requires a very precise approach by the pilot. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered the police personal to assist in the rescue operations. DGCA President Arun Kumar said is already there to investigate the cause of the incident.