Kerala crash: 18 dead after plane skids off runway

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An Air India Express plane from Dubai crashed at Calicut International Airport in the southern state of Kerala at 7:40 pm on Friday, August 7.

Citing civil aviation officials, Hindustan Times reports the plane broke into two after landing in heavy rain. At least 18 people were killed.

According to BBC News, Flight IX 1134, a Boeing 737, was carrying 184 passengers, including 10 infants, in addition to six crew members.

Hindustan Times reports that captain D. V. Sathe and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were confirmed as killed, citing the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association.

The Hindustan Times cited a civil aviation expert as saying the jet had attempted to descend amidst a "torrential downpour" that made conditions in the airport unconducive to landing.

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation chief Arun Kumar was cited as saying the 737 touched down too late and overshot the runway. This caused the plane to skid beyond the safety area and down a cliff at the end of the runway.

Authorities reported the retrieval of the black box on Sunday. Twenty-three people were critically injured as of the last report on the previous day.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Flight IX 1134 from Dubai crashed at Calicut International Airport
2. The aircraft's passenger and crew, including two pilots who were killed
3. Inclement weather reported at the airport during the crash
4. Plane overshot and skidded off the runway
5. Black box was retrieved


VOICEOVER (in English):
"An Air India Express plane from Dubai crashed at Calicut International Airport in the Indian state of Kerala at 7:40 pm on Friday, August 7."

"Citing civil aviation officials, Hindustan Times reports the plane broke into two after landing in heavy rain. At least 18 people were killed."

"According to BBC News, Flight IX 1134, a Boeing 737, was carrying 184 passengers, including 10 infants, in addition to six crew members."

"Hindustan Times reports that captain D. V. Sathe and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar were confirmed as killed, citing the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association."

"The Hindustan Times cited a civil aviation expert as saying the jet had attempted to descend amidst a 'torrential downpour' that made conditions in the airport unconducive to landing."

"India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation chief Arun Kumar was cited as saying the 737 touched down too late and overshot the runway. This caused the plane to skid beyond the safety area and down a cliff at the end of the runway."

"Authorities reported the retrieval of the black box on Sunday. Twenty-three people were critically injured as of the last report on the previous day."


SOURCES: Hindustan Times, BBC
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/pilots-body-condoles-death-of-2-pilots-passengers-in-kerala-plane-crash-offers-assistance-to-aaib/story-Y0z5d5hY0iv3FfI68y3gEL.html
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