10 AUGUST 2020
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An Air India Express plane with 191 people on board has crashed at Calicut airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.
The plane attempted to land just before 20:00 local time on Friday 7 August as heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashed Kerala.
The Boeing 737-800 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.
"We have at least 89 people, many of them with serious injuries, admitted at different local hospitals in the local city of Kozhikode. The ambulances are still coming in," a senior police official, Sujith Das, told AFP news agency. The pilots did not survive the accident.
In a tweet India's Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said the aircraft "overshot the runway in rainy conditions," then plunged down a 35ft (10.6m) slope, before breaking in two.
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