An Air India Express flight from Dubai to Calicut skid off the runway after landing and plunged deep into the valley below. The aircraft had 191 passengers onboard, including six crew members. Two deaths have been reported so far while several others have been injured.
Shah tweeted: “Distressed to learn about the tragic accident of Air India Express aircraft in Kozhikode, Kerala.” The Home Minister added that he has instructed the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to reach the accident site at the earliest and assist with the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi posted a message on Facebook saying: “While information is awaited from the authorities on casualties and injuries to the passengers, I pray that all the passengers have survived this terrible ordeal. My thoughts are with the crew, the passengers and their families and friends at this time.”
BJP President J.P. Nadda has also expressed his sadness over the tragic incident.