An Air India Express flight from Dubai crashed while landing at Kozhikode International Airport, Karipur this evening. According to airport sources, the flight skidded off the rain-soaked tabletop runway while landing at around 7.45 p.m., and fell into a trench more than 25 ft deep. The fuselage broke into two. Early reports said the flight captain and several other passengers were seriously injured. Unconfirmed reports said the captain and two others were dead. Many passengers had a miraculous escape as the flight did not go up in flames. It was the first such disaster at Karipur since the airport came into being in 1988.
There were 180-odd people, including crew members, on board the aircraft. The injured passengers were shifted to hospitals at Kozhikode, Kondotty and Malappuram. The airport was closed following the accident.
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