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Air India jet breaks in two in Kerala killing 18


Air India jet breaks in two in Kerala killing 18

At least 18 people were killed Friday (Aug 7) when a passenger jet was ripped in two after it overshot and skidded off the runway upon landing in southern India, officials said.

An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.

The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, aviation officials said.

The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.

The rescue operation at the crash site has now been completed and survivors have been taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram, according to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Dozens of people were injured, 156 of them seriously, officials say.

Air India Express said the two pilots were among the dead.

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