A number of 17 persons have been confirmed dead, while about 100 others have sustained serious injuries as an the Air India Express flight from Dubai crash-landed in Kozhikode, India on Friday evening.
According to reports from the Indian Express, the aircraft, which had a total of 190 people on board, was attempting to land in a bad weather condition when it shot its runway around 7.40 pm and split into two after nose diving into a valley 35 feet below.
Speaking with newsmen, the Malappuram District Collector, K Gopalakrishnan said;
“The injured persons have been admitted to hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram.
“The pilot Deepak Vasanth Sathe, who died along with co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar, was a former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force and had served with its flight testing wing.
“Those on board included 10 children and six crew members,”
He also explained that the rescue efforts were delayed due to the leak of fuel from the aircraft.
“We had to control the leak to prevent fire before rescuing persons from the tail end of the aircraft.
“Everyone has been shifted to hospitals,” he added.