An Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded-off the runway after landing at Kerala’s Kozhikode and plunged deep into a valley, where it broke into two pieces, the DGCA said.
The aircraft, which had a total of 191 people onboard, battled heavy rains while landing.
Local legislator T.V. Ibrahim said that he is at the local hospital near the airport where he has seen two bodies while around 50 injured people have been brought to the hospital.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Air India Express AXB1344, a B737 aircraft, with 191 people on board, landed on Runway 10 amid visibility of 2,000 metres in heavy rain, but continued running till the end of runway, fell down in the valley and broke in two pieces.
As per local reports, rescue operations are going on at the crash site and further details are awaited.
About 40 ambulances have reached the accident spot and are taking the passengers to various hospitals in Kozhikode and Malappuram .
According to information received here, the passengers sitting in the front row have been seriously injured.
The condition of 12 passengers who were brought to a private hospital is reported to be serious.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed Local Self Government Minister A.C. Moideen to rush to the accident site.