Plane Skidded Off Because Of Heavy Rain, Says Kerala Minister

All passengers have been evacuated, said Forest Minister K Raju to NDTV.

Early images from the site showed aircraft debris strewn over the runway and beyond

New Delhi:

An Air India Express plane with 190 people skidded off the runway while landing at Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday and broken into pieces. Both pilots have died in the crash.

All passengers have been evacuated, said Forest Minister K Raju to NDTV.

The incident took place at 7.41 PM. The plane skidded because of heavy rain and hit a wall, breaking into pieces, Mr Raju said.

"It is very serious. Rescue operations are on, first aid is being given at the aerodrome," he said.

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Early images from the site showed aircraft debris strewn over the runway and beyond.

BJP Rajya Sabha member KJ Alphons tweeted: "Second tragedy of the day in Kerala : Air India Express skids off the run way at Kozhikode, front portion splits , pilot dies and lots of passengers injured . All passengers evacuated. Very lucky the aircraft didn't catch fire."

"It is surprising that such an accident happened when visibility was fine and the pilots were experienced. We should focus on rescue and saving lives," said Kapil Kaul, CEO & Director, CAPA South Asia.