Deadly plane crash in India

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5:30 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

Death toll in plane crash increases to 17

From CNN's Dana Ford

An ambulance carrying injured passengers leaves for a hospital after an Air India Express jet crashed after skidding off the runway while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala, on August 7.
An ambulance carrying injured passengers leaves for a hospital after an Air India Express jet crashed after skidding off the runway while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala, on August 7. Favas Jalla/AFP/Getty Images

At least 17 people, including two pilots, were killed in Friday’s deadly plane crash in Kerala, according to Air India Express. 

In a statement, the airline added that the flight’s four crew members were “confirmed safe.” 

The country’s civil aviation minister had previously said that 16 people died in the crash.

4:06 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

Pilot of deadly plane crash tried to land earlier, India's civil aviation minister says

From CNN's Dana Ford

The pilot of the deadly plane crash in Kerala tried to land earlier and then did a turnaround, India's Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told CNNI. 

“The weather conditions were not good. The pilot had tried to land earlier and then did a turnaround,” Puri said. 

“The aircraft would not be brought to a halt by the end of the runway, and there’s a 35-foot drop in a gorge,” he said, adding that the plane – fortunately – did not catch fire.

3:21 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

A plane crashed at an Indian airport today. Here's what we know now.

Favas Jalla/AFP/Getty Images
Favas Jalla/AFP/Getty Images

An Air India Express plane crashed in the South Indian state of Kerala after skidding off the runway while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport today.

India's civil aviation minister said rescue operations are now complete. If you're just reading in now, here's what we know so far about the deadly crash:

  • The victims: At least 16 people were killed in the crash, according to CV Anand, the Central Industrial Security Force's Inspector General. Both pilots were among the dead. Another 46 of the 190 people on board were seriously injured.
  • About the flight: The plane was on a repatriation flight operated by the Indian government to transport Indian nationals during the coronavirus pandemic, information on the airline's website showed. The flight took off from Dubai Friday afternoon local time.
  • What the weather was like: The cause of the crash has not been determined, but reports from the ground showed rain at the time the plan landed at Kozhikode international airport.
  • How Modi is reacting: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the plane crash in southwest India, saying he was “pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode."

3:02 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

India's civil aviation minister says rescue operations are complete

From CNN's Vedika Sud in New Delhi 

Rescue operations for the deadly plane crash in Kerala are complete, according to India's Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

"Rescue operations are now complete. Injured being treated at various city hospitals," Puri tweeted, adding that everyone has been evacuated from the plane.

"Two investigation teams of professionals from @airindiain @AAI_Official & AAIB will leave for Kozhikode at 02.00 hrs & 05.00 hrs," Puri added.

"As per the flight manifest there were 190 people on flight AXB-1344 including 174 adult passengers,10 infants, 4 cabin crew & 2 pilots. Unfortunately, 16 people have lost their lives," Puri added "I offer my heartfelt condolences to their next of kin & pray for speedy recovery of the injured."

2:33 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

The plane did not catch fire after skidding off the runway, airline says

From CNN's Martin Goillandeau

AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images

The Air India Express plane did not catch fire after skidding off the runway, according to a statement from Air India Express.

"Air India Express flight IX 1344 operated by B737 aircraft from Dubai to Kozhikode overshot runway at Kozhikode at 1941 hrs tonight. No fire reported at the time of landing," the statement from the airline read.

"There are 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots, 4 cabin crew on board the aircraft," the statement added. There were 190 people total on board the flight.

"As per the initial reports rescue operations are on and Passengers are being taken to the hospital for medical care. We will soon share an update in this regard," the statement read.

2:17 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

At least 16 people killed in the crash

From CNN's Swati Gupta

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Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

At least 16 people were killed after an Air India Express flight skidded off a runway at India's Kozhikode international airport, according to CV Anand, the Central Industrial Security Force's Inspector General.

Both pilots are among the dead.

Another 46 people on board were seriously injured, Anand said, adding that the evacuation of the plane is now over.

In total, at least 190 people were on board the plane, which was a repatriation flight transporting Indian nationals during the coronavirus pandemic.

1:57 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

At least 11 people were killed in the crash

From CNN's Vedika Sud in New Delhi

AP
AP

At least 11 people, including a pilot, were killed after an Air India Express plane skidded off the runway in Kerala Friday, according to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Commissioner of Police Sujith Das.

"As of now, 11 people including a pilot have died in the crash. 96 others are injured and are in hospitals," Das told CNN.

"State police have reported 11 deaths," Puri tweeted. "Relief teams from Air India & AAI are being immediately dispatched from Delhi & Mumbai. All efforts being made to help passengers."

The minister also clarified there were 191 people on board.

"Flight number AXB-1344 on its way from Dubai to Kozhikode with 191 persons on board, overshot the runway in rainy conditions & went down 35 ft. into a slope before breaking up into two pieces," Puri said.

Puri added that a formal investigation will be conducted by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.

1:34 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

Here's what we know about the flight

From CNN's Pamela Boykof

The Air India Express flight that crashed on landing, Air India Express flight IX 1344, departed Dubai at 2:14 p.m. local time, according to the website FlightAware.com

Air India Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, according to its website.

It operates 25 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.

1:14 p.m. ET, August 7, 2020

Air India Express plane had 190 people on board

From CNN's Swati Gupta

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CNN News 18

The Air India Express plane that skidded off the runway in Kerala Wednesday had 190 people on board, according to India's Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The flight was made up of 174 passengers plus 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crew, the ministry told CNN.