Over a dozen people died after a plane taking around 200 people skidded off a runway and broke into 2 bits following landing at an airport in southern India amid heavy rain, according to police.
Authorities said 16 died in the episode on Friday and 123 are injured.
Abdul Karim, a senior Kerala state police officer, also said the dead included among the pilots of this two-year-old Boeing 737-800 flying for Air India Express airline.
He explained at least 15 of those wounded were in a critical state, and that rescue operations were finished.
The NDTV news channel said that the airplane flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, in Kerala, India’s southernmost state.
It was a repatriation flight taking Indian taxpayers back to the state, officials said. Regular commercial flights are paused in India due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S. Puri explained in a statement that the flight”overshot the runway in moist conditions and proceeded down 35 feet (10.6 meters) to a slope before dividing into two bits.”
He said that an inquiry into the mishap could be completed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced his ideas” with people who lost their loved ones”, including police were in the scene providing help to people in need.
By India’s news agency ANI, the flight had six team members and two pilots aboard.
India has seen flooding and landslides lately as it moves through the monsoon season.